While it is dark, scary and at times overwhelming, there is no denying our planet is in danger thanks to our industrialized world. The charge to save the planet is being led by a passionate group of young people, including the amazing Greta Thunberg (I have always said people with autism will change the world in ways we don't yet understand, because they see it differently).
|Young people will save our planet.|
The answers to saving the planet are not simple and are not going to be easy. As a person who studies human behaviour change for a living, I am not always optimistic that our entire species can change their habits. I say this, not because I don't think the vast majority of people don't care, it is just the reinforcement for engaging in climate change behaviours will be delayed and we like our reinforcers to be more immediate. The behaviours we are currently engaging in that are harming our planet (i.e. driving, flying, use of plastic) are reinforcing now (i.e. picking up that veggie tray that is given in plastic). The mind shift we need, as well as all of the little habits we would need to change are huge.
While I am not as optimistic as I would like to be about this, it doesn't mean I have given up. I continue to take small steps to help reduce how I am contributing to the problem. I am using less plastic and always looking for more ways to cut back on the use. I am starting to look for clothing made out of sustainable materials. I am trying overall to consume less and use more reusable options. I try and imagine how my grandparents and great-grandparents did things.
Together, we may be able to solve this problem. We just need to listen to the young voices.