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Holthaus writes: "Researchers in Sweden examined the possible steps that people can take to help tackle the climate crisis."

The People's Climate March. (photo: Irma Omerhodzic/EcoWatch)
The People's Climate March. (photo: Irma Omerhodzic/EcoWatch)

A Groundbreaking Study Outlines What You Can Do About Climate Change

By Eric Holthaus, Grist

17 July 17


esearchers in Sweden examined the possible steps that people can take to help tackle the climate crisis. Although a lot of resulting news coverage focused on the most effective action (having one fewer kid), the real takeaway is that individual actions still matter. A lot. Click to see how they stack up:

In fact, the researchers found that behavioral shifts could be faster than waiting for national climate policies and widespread energy transformations. As far as I know, this is the very first comprehensive analysis on the effectiveness of specific individual climate actions.

The authors’ audience was high school textbook publishers, who the researchers found prioritize relatively low-impact, easy actions like recycling and changing light bulbs. Well, guess what, buttercup? No one ever said fighting climate change would be easy.

If we don’t shift our culture (relatively quickly) to make the most meaningful changes feel inevitable, we’re not going to get a second chance. The perfect mix of worry and hope will be different for everyone, but at least now we’ve got an armload of stuff we can do to make things better. your social media marketing partner


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-46 # Old School Conservative 2017-07-17 13:57
Environmentalis ts have officially "Jumped The Shark" What a lunatic.
+19 # librarian1984 2017-07-17 18:45
If we're wrong we have a less polluted planet. If you're wrong 50-90% of life on earth dies. Who exactly is the lunatic?

Follow the Cheney doctrine.
+14 # jimallyn 2017-07-17 23:59
Quoting Old School Conservative:
Environmentalists have officially "Jumped The Shark" What a lunatic.

I have heard that phrase, "jumping the shark" many times, but was never sure exactly what it was supposed to mean. (Probably because I never watch TV, which is apparently where it was popularized.) I found this explanation of the term on wikipedia:

The phrase "jumping the shark" was coined in 1985 by Jon Hein's roommate at the University of Michigan, Sean Connolly, when they were talking about favorite television shows that had gone downhill, and the two began identifying other shows where a similar "jump the shark" moment had occurred. Hein described the term as "A defining moment when you know from now on … it's all downhill … it will never be the same."

So, in one respect, Old School Conservative, you are right: it is indeed all downhill from here; things will never be the same. Sea levels will rise, forcing millions to flee from low lying areas, and creating a refugee problem like none we have ever seen before. Temperatures will rise, making large areas of the Earth uninhabitable. Rivers like the Colorado, which provides water to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson, and San Diego, will dry up, leaving millions with no source of fresh water. Who's the lunatic here? People who ignore what we are doing to the planet, and to ourselves, that's who.
0 # lfeuille 2017-07-18 19:55
I read that it came from a Happy Days episode that literally had Fonzie jumping a shark while water-skiing.
+6 # REDPILLED 2017-07-18 10:33
If you are truly a "conservative", you would want to conserve the only environment which sustains our life.

Denial of human-caused Climate Disaster ignores science. It is spitting into the wind.
+12 # Ken Halt 2017-07-17 21:02
There is no PLANet B!
0 # lfeuille 2017-07-18 19:57
Yes, but some nuts have a plan to make artificial planets in space for humans to move to. The ultimate technological solution.
+11 # draypoker 2017-07-18 02:22
Naturally, "old school conservatives'" will encourage the disaster, urging on the climate change, sneering at sensible means of combatting it, denying that it exists. Why? I have no idea. It's a mystery to me why, given what we know about how the release of CO2 from coal and oil has altered the content of the atmosphere so drastically, they continue to urge making the situation worse.
-13 # switch 2017-07-18 08:35
Because human caused CO2 is dwarfed by natural causes, ie volcanoes. We are so self centered we assume all effects are caused by us. Also, the majority of the actions proposed to 'correct' global warming involve taxes. I question whether we can even stop/reverse GW. Maybe we need to decide how to deal with it.
0 # draypoker 2017-07-20 05:43
The release of CO2 from burning carboniferous substances - coal and oil - far outweighs volcanic emissions. For the sake of us all, do study some science.
+1 # switch 2017-07-18 08:38
That's an interesting picture (meme?) at the top of this post. It is NOT repeated on the linked article. I just wish I could read it. :(
+2 # tedrey 2017-07-18 06:12
for the recommendations.

(If you follow the link in the article above, realize that the stark headline is a total falsification of the nuanced article it heads.)
+2 # RagingGrannyVicki 2017-07-18 08:02
Individual action, no matter how well intentioned, will not offset the environmental damage done by the fossil fuel and plastic industries and by the US military. THIS is the culture we need to change if the planet is to survive.
0 # draypoker 2017-07-20 05:46
Individual action, on a large enough scale will affect policy. There is no reason to despair. Every means of reducing emissions will help. Solar water heaters on the roof will help. Very low power light bulbs also. Not driving CO2 polluting vehicles will also help.
-11 # Old School Conservative 2017-07-18 08:48
Jumping the shark was a phrase coined when The Fonz on an episode of happy days jumped over a shark on water skis. It signaled that the show got to a point of being so ridiculous that it became a joke.

When the woman in the article talks about laying in bed at night unable to sleep because she is concerned that she has increased her carbon footprint by having a child, she is a lunatic, and should probably see a shrink.

I am not against common sense environmentalis m like recycling and making power plants as clean as possible, but this is taking things a little too far.

Common sense environmentalis m would be for the world to lean on the new industrial nations like India and China that are actually polluting the environment rather than switching to CFL bulbs that put mercury in the landfills, or producing ethanol which does more environmental damage than the gasoline it replaces.

It really is astonishing how often the left gets things wrong.
+3 # jimallyn 2017-07-18 12:16
Quoting Old School Conservative:
It really is astonishing how often the left gets things wrong.

The *Left* gets things wrong? China is doing far more to address climate change than the United States is doing. They aren't using CFLs, because they are using LED bulbs, which are even more efficient. They are building solar and wind power plants like nobody's business. Educate youself, Old School Conservative, so you don't spend your entire life looking like a fool.

You might also be interested to know that China has stopped the construction of coal powered plants that had already been started:
-1 # Old School Conservative 2017-07-19 05:13
Yes the air quality is great over there in China.
-1 # Old School Conservative 2017-07-19 05:37
Why is it that the left will only embrace science that points to a human cause of climate change, but ignores the science of naturally occurring climate change?
0 # jimallyn 2017-07-19 08:20
Quoting Old School Conservative:
Why is it that the left will only embrace science that points to a human cause of climate change, but ignores the science of naturally occurring climate change?

Wrong again, Old School Conservative. As usual. Yes, there are natural causes of climate change, and I don't know of anybody on the left who denies that. But they also acknowledge that the biggest cause of climate change now is human activities that emit CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Why is it that the right (more appropriately, the WRONG) ignores the science that shows that?
+1 # Old School Conservative 2017-07-19 13:15
We are not ignoring the science, but there are problems with it.If CO2 is the issue how do you explain that while we are losing sea ice in the arctic we are simultaneously gaining sea ice in the antarctic, they share the same atmosphere. There is no scientific consensus that explains this. We have also had an Ice age where CO2 levels were 10 times what they are today. Those 2 things would point to the fact that if CO2 is a factor, it certainly is not the main factor. You need to get up to speed, you are still working off of science from decades ago.
+7 # elkingo 2017-07-18 10:18
OK, so the climate denier lemmings are hell bent on diving over the cliff. Trouble is, why are they so committed to taking the rest of us with them? Seems um, unfair.
+1 # chemtex2611 2017-07-18 12:31
You have all over-looked the fact that it now looks feasible and not hopeless, because we are using less electricity and driving more efficient cars. Without the small changes we have made, all would look hopeless.
0 # draypoker 2017-07-20 14:24
Quoting chemtex2611:
You have all over-looked the fact that it now looks feasible and not hopeless, because we are using less electricity and driving more efficient cars. Without the small changes we have made, all would look hopeless.

But much larger changes are necessary. We have to plan for a very drastic reduction in the emissions of climate changing CO2. That means getting our energy from non-emitting sources. These include hydroelectricit y and biogas from farm wastes (which I have helped introduce in Africa).
+1 # Wise woman 2017-07-18 16:47
OSC is obviously old. Young folks want to believe in a future. OSC realizes that his/her days are short so doesn't attach the same urgency to the problem as a young mother would do regarding her new born child. One can argue with the thinking of folks like OSC but it's usually useless. For instance CLF bulbs can be recycled. Certain stores like Home Depot take them. Most anything that doesn't get recycled goes into a landfill which contaminates surrounding ground water. Most everything can be recycled. Of course, the fossils fuel industry has to go. Does OSC have any solar panels installed? I highly doubt it. So the motto is: if you don't address the problem, you are part of it.

PS: OSC if you are in agreement about fossils fuels, are you taking the time to address the issue? Or are you just hanging out thinking of ways to criticise liberals?
0 # jimallyn 2017-07-19 08:22
Quoting Wise woman:
One can argue with the thinking of folks like OSC but it's usually useless.

No, you can't argue with their thinking, because they never think.

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