Think Globally, Act Locally

Think Globally, Act Locally

How to address climate change and actually make a difference


Anne-Franziska Sinner examines the many ways global climate treaties are dependent on local action, and getting this kind of action started takes more than just educating the public. It also takes creating incentives that appeal to different kinds of people, and understanding that making environmental progress ultimately means changing our ways.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 4:31pm



by Anne-Franziska Sinner

The last blog entry talked about the UN Climate Change conference in Cancun and the actual limitations of international policy negotiations. The main conclusion of Todd Jones, the author, was that the high-level policy negotiations are unlikely to yield the results needed to address climate change. Any international agreement, he wrote, would be based on assumptions far from reality, “a plane separated from any real time or place”.
I basically agree but just wonder, besides global policy agreements, what other means are there to trigger local action? How can we initiate local activities and initiatives to actually address climate change? How can people be motivated to reduce their footprint? And is there reasoning behind people’s “do-nothing” attitude, other than convenience?

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