How do I stop doing things I know I shouldn’t do?

This is not one of those “you bastards aren’t doing anything but i’m awesome” posts, because I struggle with the problem every day and I know I’m not doing anywhere near enough.

I came across this great graph that is a screen grab from a talk by Kevin Anderson at Transition Bristol, it plots carbon emissions against time with the various collective ‘actions’ that have made along the way – IPCC established, RCEP Report, 2 degree commitment at Copenhagen etc. And what is glaringly obvious is that these commitments seem to have had little impact in the reduction of carbon emissions over the last thirty years.

emi2So you could see this as the representation of our collective global action on climate change. It is our Governments that we have voted in (in most countries) that are representing our interests as individuals at a global level.

But all this collective ‘action’ appears to have had little impact. Our representative action although making a commitment to a 2 degree rise has already locked us in to a 4 degree rise.

So if our representatives are not creating an impact on emissions at a global level then maybe we need to create more action at a local individual level. But there doesn’t seem to be much going on there either?

The number of climate change deniers is dropping by the day and the number of people listening to the ‘climate change isn’t  happening propaganda’ is dropping by the day. So the number of people that believe that we don’t need to do something is dropping by the day. But what will change our individual non-action to action? How do we make sure that our individual commitments aren’t plotted on the graph above in 30 years time as a demonstration of – “they all knew something was happening but they didn’t do anything about their own individual impact”.

So how do we stop doing the things we know we shouldn’t do? And start doing the things we know we should do?

2 Comments on “How do I stop doing things I know I shouldn’t do?

    • Money is certainly a motivator – it can be a carrot or stick. But it can’t be the only influencer. The system that we live in has to change too. Sydney could have free public transport but if the nearest bus stop is a 2km walk I am unlikely to use it.

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