I’m feeling a bit conflicted at the moment. Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of articles and social media post talking about how “the government” should be doing more to stop climate change. Obviously this would be a good thing, and taking measurements such as installing a carbontax would definitely benefit the planet. However, I don’t think it’s the solution.
I believe the solution lies with us, yes, you and me, the people of the world. Every single one of us. Many people seem to think the big corporations are the problem. Their factories pollute, their carbon emissions are over the top, they deplete the earth’s resources and so on. If they would just stop doing that, everything would be fine, right?
Then why are they still doing it? I’ll tell you why. They’re doing it for you. They’re doing it because you want the product they provide and you want it cheap. Generally, things that cost little money will cost something else. When things are cheap, the people who made it can’t be making much money of of it. When things are cheap, the factories making them cannot afford to invest in ways to reduce their waste. When things are cheap, they cost way more than you think.
Like I said, I think the solution lies with us. If we want more green energy, we’re going to have to pay a few extra bucks and actually get green energy for our own homes. If we want factories to stop polluting, we should just stop buying the stuff they make. If we want to live in a world where everybody earns a fair wage, we’re going to have to start to pay fair prices for the things we want.
Every day you make countless choices that could help change the world for the better. We all have a responsibility, to preserve this planet for future generations. It’s time we owe up to it, and start doing the best we can. I’m not saying you should create debt to do the right thing, I’m saying be responsible and make the right choices whenever you can.