What can I do about climate change? Because so far my only action has been to feel utterly hopeless.
I can go for weeks at a time deliberately not reading about climate change at all, but when I do the news gets worse and worse. Two threads
on the blue lately had quite a few links that I regret clicking on.
As it is now, I do the little things. Keep the thermostat low, write to my politicians, give money to nonprofits like 350.org when I have it. But it all seems so fucking piddly, given the scale of the problem, and our behaviors as a society and as a species are so deeply entrenched. I am fairly hopeless that we will turn this thing around in time. And I fear that any positive impact my life might have on this planet are immediately negated by the carbon emissions I create just by driving around and doing the other activities of my life as a citizen of my beloved energy-hogging country. (I would love to be able to bike around instead, but bad knees prohibit it.)
I try to take the long view. The Earth is just going to get absorbed by the Sun anyway, eventually. But in the short term, it's so sad. All those beautiful landscapes gone, all those bizarre and amazing life forms gone, kids who are currently being born to a planet that might be irrevocably fucked up. On a more personal note, I'm in my thirties and am certainly not looking forward to being in my seventies right about the time major shit starts to hit the fan.
Seriously, is there anything I can DO? My limitations are that I currently have a full-time job in a field totally unrelated to any of this; I live in the Middle of Nowhere, Midwest USA; I rent my (drafty, pre-1950s) apartment; I have no special technical or scientific aptitudes; I don't have a lot of $$$.
Or, heh, maybe I should just stick my fingers in my ears and go watch cat videos on YouTube.