June 15,Michigan State University The environmental movement is making a difference - nudging greenhouse gas emissions down in states with strong green voices, according to a Michigan State University MSU study. Social scientist Thomas Dietz and Kenneth Frank, MSU Foundation professor of sociometrics, have teamed up to find a way to tell if a state jumping on the environmental bandwagon can mitigate other human factors - population growth and economic affluence - known to hurt the environment.
Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. One thing I have learned over the past year is that it is easy to get discouraged.
These myths can affect anyone who is environmentally active, but they especially affect those new to earth activism. The first myth is that you have to have the answer to climate change.
When you talk to people about taking action to slow climate change, you will inevitably be confronted by a naysayer who is eager to argue that what you are doing not the answer to climate change. I think what drives some of the naysayers is despair.
They are afraid to hope, and so they resign themselves to what they perceive as the inevitability of failure.
But if you are like me, then you are one of those people who would rather work against incredible odds for a better world than throw up your hands and do nothing. It is easy to criticize any proposed solution, because climate change is an incredibly complex problem.
No single solution will be the solution. And every solution do will have unintended and unforeseen consequences for which we will have to find other solutions. Slowing climate change will require large numbers of people working at many different levels for an extended period of time.
It just means that your work is a small part of a much larger effort, the whole of which is very difficult to see. Climate change is bigger than any one of us, and the solutions will be bigger than any one of us as well. I encourage you to do the same.
The second myth is that you have to do it by yourself. Part of the shift in consciousness which our world needs is a shift from a paradigm of hyper-individuality and alienation to a paradigm of community and interconnectedness.
We got ourselves into this situation, in part, by being overly focused on the individual. So part of getting ourselves out of this situation is shifting the focus to the collective. Individual action is important, but collective action is what will turn things around.
Whenever you start to despair about the effectiveness of your actions, it may be a sign that you are too focused on the level of individual choice.
Take a step back and ask yourself how you can turn your individual action into a collective action. Ask yourself how can you connect with other people who might share you concerns.
Building community is one of the most important ways to fight against the status quo.The study, in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows a state-level win for environmental activism that hasn't been apparent on a national scale.
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Environmental activism works, study shows Date: June 15, Source: Michigan State University Summary: The environmental movement is making a difference -- nudging greenhouse gas emissions down in states with strong green voices, according to a study.
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