Thanks for this comment Janine H.
I have been looking at this topic for years, and I am still not convinced that the human contribution of CO2 has a big influence on global warming.
But what I should also mention (which I failed to in the original article) is that I’d rather be safe than sorry.
This means that I agree with you that change on a macro level is beneficial.
But not because the science is settled: it’s because the implications of not taking action are severe.
I also think we must do our bit, as small as it may seem.
It’s not just about feeling good: most everything I do in life is based on the notion that my small examples will create a ripple effect. I started washing and reusing my plastic bags after I saw my friends doing it. Initially, I thought they are insane, so much trouble for such a small impact. Now that I do it myself, I think it’s irresponsible of people not to do so.
I can’t recall when was the last time I grabbed a plastic bag from anywhere.
And another thing.
If people use airconditioning and driers in their apartments but still purchase their electricity from big coal, how do they think coal mines will stop operating?
We live in a capitalistic world, so our consumption patterns determine how fast change will come.
Coal mines will be a thing of the past if people won’t use coal anymore.