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Climate change personal responsibility is a myth to excuse the world’s emitters

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Onward Policy Fellow Ted Christie-Miller wrote for City AM about why the heavy lifting on climate change will not come consumers alone, but will require shifts from the world’s largest emitters. He writes:

 “The heavy lifting on climate change is not going to come from you and I alone. The transition requires an overhauling of the way we manufacture, heat, move, power, farm and much more. It will be the greatest economic transition seen since the industrial revolution. Buying keep cups or energy-efficient light bulbs are good things but they will  barely make a dent.

It was an advertising company working for BP who coined the term “carbon footprint”. The big emitters want you to think it’s up to you; putting the onus of reducing emissions on personal choice, rather than via corporate responsibility. The company unveiled its “carbon footprint calculator” in 2004 to enable people to measure their own emissions.”
You can read the full article here.

 

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