It shouldn’t be up to the individual to fight climate change, as the vast majority of carbon emissions come from companies and entities far above our influence or pay grade. The following 10 companies were identified as the largest contributers (source):
- China Coal 14.3 %
- Saudi Aramco 4.5 %
- Gazprom OAO 3.9 %
- National Iranian Oil Co 2.3 %
- ExxonMobil Corp 2.0 %
- Coal India 1.9 %
- Petróleos Mexicanos 1.9 %
- Russia Coal 1.9 %
- Royal Dutch Shell PLC 1.7 %
- China National Petroleum Corp 1.6 %
And it has been stated, with varying degrees of accuracy, that just 100 global entities are responsible for 71% of carbon emissions. Learn more: Is It True That ‘100 Companies Are Responsible For 71% Of Carbon Emissions’?
There are things we as individuals can do, however. And it is our responsibility to hold the capitalists, the billionaires, the developers, the polluters, the politicians, and the rest of our cultural suzerains accountable for their actions. It is not only the future of humanity and life on earth that is at stake (even as think of the children has long been an effective rallying cry), it is life on earth today that is at risk: It is living things, children, humans, as well as entire ecosystems today that are suffering, facing the starvation, displacement, pain, and death.
This is not an issue of the future. It is an issue of the now.
The following is a compilation of resources, websites, news orgs, and donation sites that can help guide you as you find your own role in the Climate fight. While things are bad, there is always hope. We continue our work so that we can say, at least –
We did not go down without a fight
CLIMATE ACTION: LEARN MORE
EARTH MONTH ACTION HUB: www.impactree.com/earth
CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK INTERNATIONAL: wwwclimatenetwork.org
CLIMATE ACTION: www.climateaction.org
BLUEPRINT FOR BETTER: www.blueprintforbetter.org
CLIMATE ACTION: DONATE TO THESE ORGS
KEEP FIGHTING: TAKE ACTION