Why should me/you/she/he/we/they care about climate change?

ed8844f0beefcf338a7d7e2a3a36240cIt has been confirmed that humans are 95% responsible for climate change. We should care about this because it affects everyone, it does not care about race, religion, location or economical power. The problem is that most of the time, the people that are causing climate change don’t see or feel the real consequences of it and sadly the most affected ones are vulnerable people that have contributed less to this issue.

People constantly complain about gas and oil companies, but still consume what they produce. I don’t think that to reduce our impact in global warming we should start making drastic sacrifices, but I do believe we should begin to change our lifestyle starting by changing the way we consume, choose and dispose the things we buy.

We arrive to the never ending paradigm about, who is responsible for climate change? The consumer? The government? The companies/industries? Who should be addressing this subject?

Any answer is correct, but what we should be focusing now is not pointing fingers on who is responsible because we all are, the important thing is to take action.

We have to work together, starting by making the consumers aware of the problem so they start demanding products and services with low or non GHG (greenhouse gases) emissions that contribute to climate change.

On the other hand, some governments and NGOs are doing their part for climate change through the Paris Agreement. They have set the goal to prevent the temperature to rice 1.5°C. I strongly believe that governments should start making new policies or taking mandatory measures to stop the pollution. From the side of the industries some of them are starting to follow the tendency of low carbon economies to decrease their GHG emissions, but more companies will join this movement if costumers start demanding this and if the governments implement new measures to regulate them.

I hope that soon we all collaborate because time is not on our side. I can imagine a society united for one single goal for the wellbeing of the planet and its habitants.

I recently read a phrase form Eduardo Galeano an Uruguayan activist and writer that had an impact in me:

“Utopia lies at the horizon. When I draw nearer by two steps, it retreats two steps. No matter how far I go, I never reach it. What, then, is the purpose of utopia? It is to cause us to advance.”

Change is possible

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