This morning, I had breakfast at a nearby outdoor restaurant. (It was fabulous). At the end of the meal, we had a fair amount left over. We pondered our options. We could (a) throw it away; (b) put it in the plastic container that they tried to give us for left-overs; or (c) walk back to our room and get the plastic container we carry with us but forgot this morning.
As you can see, we chose the latter. It was a good reminder to me about food waste (they do not do food composting here), and plastic waste, and the very simple things each of us can do every day that will make a difference.
Some will say that personal actions are too trivial to make a difference, and that we must be focused on systemic change. In some degree, I agree with this stance. But, what we have with the Climate is a Collective Action Problem. Unless we all work together to get this done, it will not happen. It is up to each of us to do our part, and to bring others with us, and to advocate for policies that will make a difference.
The worlds experts have told us now that we are Code Red for Humanity. We must exercise our individual responsibility and we must bring along those we touch and we must grow the community of those who are helping so that we can do what needs to be done, while there is still time.
Together, we can make the difference the world and our children, depend on us to make.