Since 1965, twenty companies have been responsible for more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions. Other reports suggest that over 70% of emissions are produced by just 100 companies. So, can individuals really make a difference?
On the other hand, many of those companies are producing goods, products, and services that, ultimately, go to consumers. Taking public transport and eating less meat might not be enough to save the planet, but surely individual actions count for something. After all, individuals can also take political action – voting, campaigning, protesting, raising consciousness and shifting public opinion.
What do our readers think? We had a comment from Nikos, who thinks everyone in society – from individuals all the way up to corporations and governments – are all responsible for fighting climate change. Is he right? Or do corporations and governments have a greater responsibility than individuals?
To get a response, we spoke to Dayana, a Road Trip Project traveller. The #RoadTripProject is an initiative which saw a group of young travellers hop in a van for a journey across Europe, meeting locals and exploring a variety of EU-supported projects and activities. This year (the “second season” of the project) the focus was on sustainability.
Considering what she has seen and the people she met, does Dayana think individuals can make a difference? Or is it all about governments, businesses, and the EU taking action?
We also put the same question to Panos, another Road Trip traveller, who saw a different set of sustainable projects on his travels across the continent. What would he say?
Who’s responsible for saving our planet? Governments, businesses or you? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!