Tomorrow, April 22, is Earth Day, an annual event to demonstrate support for environmental protection, first held on April 22, 1970. Renewable Juneau offers you a short primer on how to step up your environmental action game. There is so much that we all can do, yet some actions are truly better than others.
“One of the major failings of the environmental movement is having everyone focus on these small things that everyone can do,” says Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a marine biologist and co-host of the podcast How to Save a Planet. That doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. There are just more meaningful and long-lasting ways to expend your energy in the climate fight. Most of them involve organization and collective action.”
Personal actions are essential as we must walk our talk so to speak. And, our personal actions have the potential to ripple out to those around us, providing a greater impact from our efforts. But, it is the larger collective actions that can truly create impact. Read on, and see how: doing one thing well, talking the walk; acting, voting, and thinking local; and developing a climate worldview are all within our reach and all have the potential to make change!
Tomorrow, we hope to offer up some local actions that you can take.
“Individuals (that) join together collectively have far more power changing the system than they can as individuals,” says Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.