Big corporations are to blame for climate change – The Daily Aztec

BThe ongoing dialogue surrounding the urgency of the looming threat of climate change has been successfully derailed into a conversation that places the primary responsibility for combating climate change on individuals and their lifestyle habits. Implicitly, this also bears with it blame on individuals and their lifestyle habits in the event that climate change isnt reversed. Perhaps not as conspicuously as Id like to think, corporations get off scot-free when it comes to mainstream social pressure.

From a young age, weve always been told to take shorter showers, turn the faucet off while brushing our teeth, bring our own reusable bags to the store and bike or take public transportation to school or the workplace. This messaging pervades and transcends media. Its reinforced in schools, parroted in political campaigns and legislation and highlighted in corporate advertising. 

The framing of this issue is nefarious and deliberate. While individuals upturn their whole lifestyle to limit their personal carbon footprints, just 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global carbon emissions since 1988, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project. While cities like London and Paris are pursuing initiatives to ban cars from their city centers, it only takes 15 oil tankers to match the pollution of every single car on Earth.

This is not to say that individuals should refrain from making changes to their daily lives that results in a smaller carbon footprint and reduces the amount of was....

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