US citizens account for only 5% of the world’s population, but 25% or more of its total resource consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Our consumer society is a system with great inertia that has already contributed disproportionately to the onset of global warming. The types and scale of changes required to halt global warming will not be accomplished by governments concerned with reelection; if you want to see such change, you must initiate it, and start by altering your own life.
You can be a pioneer in the struggle to stop global warmingIt is possible but difficult to do this alone, one volunteer. But the more people see the path you choose and examples you provide of what they can do, the easier it will be for them to join you. The more people work together in these ways, the more viable this alternate path becomes; together, you form a movement. You gain the visibility necessary to influence behaviors and change minds in other places, amplifying your positive impact.
Changing yourself is easy, you may say, but you’re only one person-how can you increase your impact?There are three major levels at which to work:
You can volunteer to step off the fast track to global warming and find a more sustainable pathAs Margaret Mead put it, “Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed citizens to change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” You have the power to help determine our future. There is no time to waste. Global warming is happening now and the opportunity is ripe. Will you choose your future or wait until dire change is forced upon you?
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