Climate change is a phenomenon that affects countries all over the world. Many people strongly believe that it is the responsibility of individuals, rather than corporations and governments, to deal with this problem.
To what extent do you agree?
Write at least 250 words
While people are indeed travelling, and consuming more, reaching zero emissions requires very fundamental changes. These can be achieved only by real structural change - by a new industrial revolution. Looking to assign individual responsibilities only risks obstructing the systemic changes that are needed.
Demands for individual action prevents the large-scale change we so urgently need. It is not enough for 5-10% of the population to put time, money and effort into change. We need everyone to turn the tide towards sustainability worldwide. This means, making the remaining 90-95% also put in the efforts, whether they like it or not, and this can be achieved only by regulation.
We don’t expect individuals to take the lead when it comes to other social and economic challenges, such as unemployment. The same is true of the climate crisis. What we need is citizens to demand politicians and institutions for more urgent action, and for politicians and institutions to ensure that everyone is doing their bit in return.
It is naive to think that individual change, while necessary, will be effective. And neither is it moral. Is it right to demand from an Indian farmer that he care about climate? What about the struggling single mother with three children to feed?
I feel that it is absolutely the responsibility of the governments and institutions to take more action against the climate crisis.
Word Count: 274 words
2. zero emissions - bringing pollution to zero
3. paralyse - make something immobile, unable to move
4. naive - foolish, unwise
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