How much opportunity do individuals have to affect climate change?
This post elsewhere by Martin N.....
It's amazing how quickly they can greenwash that dirty oil money when the opportunity presents itself
The relevance of the above quote to my own existence is the fact that although I declare my belief that change is happening and - on the precautionary principle - we should be trying to slow/stop it, nevertheless I'm still living pretty much as I always have and don't see much other option. I'm definitely not keen on living a Spartan existence just to make a tiny irrelevant difference in the "Grand scheme."
Note that this topic is not intended as a place to argue whether on not change is happening or whether we can/can't affect it. The assumption for the sake of discussion is that it's happening and we should at least try to do something about it.
For context: My wife & I, in our (very) late 70s, live in a rural area more than 3 miles from town, with no bus service, so we have a 10 yr old car and another (1990!) for backup. We have small savings we're reluctant to break into in case we need them "in our old age" - haha. Our 1950s house has little value and if/when it sells will likely be bulldozed. Hence we can't sell for enough money to move into town (where our property tax would also increase by many hundreds of dollars.) We do grow vegetables but are less & less able to do heavy garden work as well as keep the deer at bay without spending for professional fencing.
Well, I do go on, don't I? Just trying to illustrate how difficult it would be - for us at least - to implement any climate-change-combat measures. The fact that so many others are doing nothing about it doesn't strengthen any feeble resolve I could drum up. It's quite tempting to assume that by the time things get really bad I'll be gone, so I'll just happily ignore the whole issue (like the "deniers") and all the "rest of you" can lie in the bed you've made.
Not sure why I've posted this; whether I'm asking a question and if so, what? I do think about it a lot. I guess I just think it's an interesting and important dilemma and it would be interesting to hear others' comments on it, especially with respect to their own situations.