So lets just shrug our shoulders and do nothing while the planet spirals into uninhabitability? The US is the second highest producer of CO2 in the world, and the highest by far per capita, and one of the richest countries in the world. Our actions as citizens of this country have outsized impacts on the world due to our ridiculous overconsumption of the worlds resources. We have the means to do it, the knowledge that it needs to be done, and the money to do it. The choices we make DO have an impact... and claiming that individual actions don't matter is just a copout to avoid accepting being a part of the problem and doing something about it.
One quick number... the average driver in America emits four to six TONS of CO2 out their tailpipe of their car annually. I haven't owned or ridden in a car or bought gas for most of the last 20 years, so my lifestyle choice kept about 250,000 pounds of crap out of the atmosphere, and that is direct effects, not counting the add on effects of the extraction, transporting , refining and the spilling and gassing off of the fossil fuels on the way to the pump, which multiplies that a lot.
So maybe one piss in the sea doesn't seem like much,,, but if you are pissing 6 tons of piss a year, its going to make a difference if you stop.
re. enthusiast, for those not used to hearing it that way, "enthusiast" used to be a mild insult in old English novels esp when used as "mere enthusiast" adding a small level of superiority to the user, implying that once one got a little more worldly experience one would stop getting excited about values and morals and doing the right thing and settle into being blasé about life. It used to be commonly applied to Americans, who USED to be known for their excitement and optimism about taking on big challenges, and their commitment to doing the right thing, even if it meant hard sacrifices, to the bemusement of our European relations.
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