Individual behavior can lead to collective action
Author: Patricia Prijatel
Our individual actions on the climate crisis are not significant enough to make a difference. Our only choice is to change the corporate and political process. It feels like an excuse from some. It’s likely a sign of depression in others. Changing climate policy does seem insurmountable, For example, Do we tell our kids, “Go ahead, it’s fine, cheat on the test. Everybody does it. According to researcher Erica Chenoweth, it only takes 3.5% of a society working together nonviolently to cause change. We can do it. 72 percent of Americans are worried about climate change, and 57 percent say it is mostly caused by humans, according to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, It’s time to act like what we are: a majority. It’s time to create our own ethical framework and follow our own moral compass calmly, by our actions. People who mock us have their own issues. Their words need not stop our actions.