Posted by: Hepcat
I was talking way more basic, like accepting basic scientific fact.
Sadly that appears to be a big step for a large number of us.
I believe that knowledge is our only path to making it, though a lot of good that does when after 12 years of education someone decides the earth is flat. 😬
I agree that knowledge/education is the first step and imo the first step to solving most of humanities issues. I also think that the sooner we all act the greater the chance that we can pull ourselves back from the abyss. However, when much of the world's population is focused on day to day survival and the rest are enjoying comfortable lifestyle they're probably not willing to give up or alter too much the idea of saving ourselves seems like an impossible task.
Maybe a better question is what are we willing to give up and can it make enough of a difference. For example, pretty much any talk of road pricing to try and decrease auto usage is typically met with significant backlash. Or how some sort of taxation policy on meat and processed food products? The meat industry is responsible for more GHG emissions that the auto industry yet when it comes to climate change the meat industry rarely seems to figure into the equation. On a smaller scale what would you (or I) give up to help "save humanity"? Drive only 1-2 times per week? Eat meat maybe 1-2 times per month? Reuse items such as clothing, housewares, furniture or even mobile phones more often? It seems that there are a lot of ways to reduce one's own ecological footprint yet our societal obsession with image seems to make those things a non-starter for a lot of people.