Dealing With Collapse - Should It Be Personal or Communal?
Over the course of the last six months, since Greta Thunberg's rise as a global climate activist, Greer (and many others) have discussed whether some of her actions, like taking a multi-million dollar racing boat to travel across the Atlantic, is actually the correct thing to do, when taking a slower commercial ship or even an airplane would have resulted in far fewer carbon emissions. This has lead to a further discussion, whether cutting down on your own personal energy footprint is the more important thing, or whether government (and communal) actions to lower all of Society's footprint is more important.
This article provides a bare bones look at both sides of the argument:
"The climate debate has taken a nasty turn. It is no longer a shouting match between climate affirmers and climate deniers. Now the finger-wagging is taking place among climate affirmers on the subject of personal responsibility for combating climate change. There are two key actors in this unfolding saga. One embraces the importance of individual responsibility while the other derides it."
Seems to me that this clearly falls into the false binary that Greer so often writes about. The habit too many people have of making it all about just two opposed choices, either cut your own footprint OR go after the big polluters. Or "man-made" or "natural" climate change.
Why not do both?
That's the third option, cut your own footprint AND advocate for major communal action.
Quite a few of us here, are of an age where we will never see the full effects of Civilization's collapse into the Long Descent, nor the real and far reaching changes that a weather made chaotic will do. Does that mean those of us should do nothing?
Of course not because cutting your energy footprint, growing some of your own food, doing with less of the happy glittery crap that is marketed to us all the time isn't just good for the planet, its good for us individually. We can debate all day long whether the wild fires and hurricanes we see now are a direct result of climate weirding but what is hard to argue against is how much better your life is if you do make those changes in your life.
Either way, that is what Green Wizardry is here for.