Elizabeth Cripps, writing in the Guardian this last weekend, had an excellent set of responses to climate crisis apathy. One argument she tackles is, “I won’t make a difference.”
This is a common response when we are faced with situations we believe to be beyond our control. Ms. Cripps responds to this notion:
“ But we could. And that should matter to each of us. Philosophers explain this in various ways. Sure, some say, it probably won’t change the world if you turn up to a protest or ditch your car. But you might be a trigger, making the protest big enough for politicians to listen, saving untold lives. In any case, you would have helped – by being part of the group who made a difference. And what’s the alternative? Sitting on the sidelines, while others right this collective wrong? That’s not fair on them.”
“By being a part of the group who made a difference.” There are many ways! Working in concert with others against climate change is the OUUC Environmental Action Team challenge this month. It’s time to get involved with a group you feel can use your voice, skills, or money to make a difference. Would you enjoy writing to government policymakers through a climate lobby group? Are you interested in ensuring your bank and pension funds are “green” and divested from fossil fuels? Do you like hands-on work repairing a damaged landscape with a land trust? Or can you donate funds to a climate action NGO? All are equally important for making a difference. You can make a difference!