What can you do?
Individuals unfortunately cannot do a lot on their own. But that little can be a lot – the impact is not rising linear with the number of people but exponentially. Concrete actions include (but are not limited too)
Spread the word
Climate change is scary – which is maybe why people don’t want to think about it. However – the solutions are much more simple than most people think: a global climate tax. Spread the word!
Talk to people. It cannot be that people do not talk about challenges because the scenarios are frightening. Yes, the climate scenarios are frightening, really frightening. So let’s talk about it. We do have the solutions – solutions that are climate and economy-wise win-win solutions. We only need to implement them
The pressure of the students on the streets already has significantly altered the discussion. Keep marching
On- and off-line petitions are of course not legally binding. However, large number of signatories to climate-related petition do send a signal. The Higher the number of course, the louder the signal. Especially if there are petitions in every country of this World. Templates for such a petition are available here in English and German
Politicians are elected/selected to implement policies that benefit the future of their respective countries and their populations. They are obliged to listen. They have to understand the urgency. Call, email, and write letters. And yes, write good old-fashioned letters on paper. There is nothing more powerful than millions of letters.
Science is not political – it’s not left or right or conservative or liberal, or whatever. It is science. People who deny science and refuse to face challenges are not fit for office. Vote them out.
The fossil industry is still getting way too much money from the financial markets. Lobby banks, insurance companies, and the executives, boards and shareholders of fossil businesses. Call, email, write.
Buy and eat organic, if you can afford it. Fly less, drive less. Take an electric car, if you can. Don’t buy stuff you know you’ll throw away after a year (o 2, or 3). It is healthier for yourself and the planet. If you are unable or unwilling to do that, don’t feel horrible. Climate change is not individual responsibility, it is not your responsibility. It is common human responsibility, and as such the responsibility of politicians (the “law-makers”), who set the rules in which we and businesses operate. Luckily, there is a way that can marry our life-style with the needs of the plant: a global climate tax.
If politics refuses to act, small acts of civil disobedience might be necessary for politicians to finally grasp the urgency. However, such actions always always always need to be non-violent and peaceful.