BiffbarfThe climate change debate nearly always devolves into criticizing the recreational activities of the middle class. This isn't the right approach imo. The north american/European middle class generally makes concious efforts to not trash the environment and our environment is remarkably clean considering. It can def be better-
Instead of bitching about carbon credits and world travel, why aren't people making solutions for the billions of people who have little to no choice but to live in and produce massive pollution?
The caste system in india, for example, creates a system where it is culturally acceptable for approx 500 MILLION (1.7x the pop of the US) human beings to dispose of their garbage and human waste in the local steets, rivers, and oceans. This is a tragedy nobody talks about because it's easier to try to cancel some trust fund dork who pollutes more due to recreational activities which we would 100% partake in if the opportunity arouse.
Climate change has become religious for many and being sanctimonious has taken precedence over developing solutions to very real problems.
This is a very real issue that governments are trying to figure out. In Biden's climate summit last month, India and China both admitted that their pollution is terrible right now. But they argued that it's a necessary step in the transition to a first-world society that can afford clean energy. Western nations were in the same position during the industrial revolution 150 years ago. Europe and America destroyed their environments in the name of progress. Only in recent history have we begun to make amends. Remember DDT anyone? America almost made the Bald Eagle go extinct less than 50 years ago. India argues that they simply can't afford to clean up their act right now, but they hope that position will change in the coming decades. If we sanctioned India as punishment for their pollution, we'd cripple their economy. It's a really tricky situation on an international level.