Most People are Climate Change Ignorers, and You Probably are One Too

With the recent Green New Deal Resolution recently proposed in Congress by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward J. Markey, American Environmentalists have been invigorated by the prospect of a 100 percent Green Energy future. Presidential Hopeful and California Senator Kamala Harris was even quoted saying "For too long, we have been governed by lawmakers who are beholden to Big Oil and Big Coal. They have refused to act on climate change. So it's on us to speak the truth, rooted in science fact, not science fiction."

Currently, 6 in 10 Americans acknowledge that climate change is not only real, but human caused.. Yet Americans emit 15 percent of global emissions while only being 4.2 percent of the population, meaning the average American emits 3.6 times more than the average human on earth.

While organizations like Greenpeace do inform visitors to their webpage how they can reduce their impact, these organizations don't always make finding the information obvious. Good luck finding a link to this 2016 article on Individual Action on Greenpeace's main website! Perhaps you would like to make a donation to lobby J.P. Morgan to disinvest from Tar Sands instead?

A significant amount of American environmental activism is focused on fighting against the Big Coal and Big Oil Boogeymen and the pesky Republican politicians who take their money, compared to educating the Americans who do understand human-caused climate change on what they can do to reduce their impact. Sure, maybe you were lectured on the benefits of turning off the tap while you brush your teeth, or buying a shiny new electric car if you're rich enough. But those actions, if they make a dent at all, make an insignificant one.

Every drop of oil we suck up from the ground, every lump of coal we burn, and every industrial pollutant we release into the atmosphere, is used to run someone's car, power someone's home, or manufacture the contents of someone's new Amazon delivery. `And if you drive a car, live in a house, or buy new gadgets, those emissions might as well be yours. Not J.P Morgan's. Not Big Oil's. And certainly not President Trump's. We are all culpable, and we are all culpable in more than one way.

Climate Change-denying politicians may have done little to address our emissions, but it is the 6 in 10 Americans who acknowledge that humans cause climate change yet do little to change their habits, whose actions do not align with their beliefs. What few are willing to acknowledge, is that in order to prevent our own planet from turning on us, we will have to make large changes in our own habits. Building LEED-certified parking garages and Buying Energy Star Microwaves isn't going to cut it.