How to Be a Guilty Environmentalist

Jan 26, 2011 6:10 PM ET
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Becoming an environmentally conscientious person is a slippery slope of guilt and anxiety: each time I have taken a step towards trimming my carbon footprint I find that it never seems to be enough. When turning off lights and recycling cans was no longer enough I switched to vegetarianism, and once there I next had to start worrying about how much I fly. Now I am ashamed even just thinking about my food miles and water footprint, and I feel a pang of guilt every time I buy exotic fruit. And for each minor victory I am faced with the prospect of just how much more I could be doing, and just how staggeringly small my positive contribution is. A central issue that we seem to struggle with in the fight against climate change is the divide between personal and system-wide causation and responsibility...

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