ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Why the fight against Climate Change begins with YOU

Updated on March 10, 2015

Behavioral economics is a viable way of dealing with Climate change

Let's not mince words here: Climate change is an exisiting phenomenon and a direct result of excessive energy consumption. To deal with it, like with all problems in life, one needs to take individual and collective responsibility. That, I'm afraid, is the first step to change. In all walks of life, when people do wrong then then they pay the consequences. Greedy bankers who got involved in criminal behaviour prior to the financial crisis in 2007 were deemed responsible and punished. Global banks and Regulators took, to a lesser or greater extent, parts of the responsibility and now you are seeing signs of better micro-management. When Manchester United's David Moyes endured a string of losses, back-to-back, United's chairman and directors' proceeded to sacking Moyes in order to find a viable replacement. In both cases, a situation occurred where a group of people have taken responsibility for their actions and developed with a recovery plan. That kind of attitude is exactly what we need to instill to climate change reform enthuasiasts. Now let me explain how.

The burden of excessive energy consumption is and should be shared amongst all of us. For those of you who raise their eyebrows, let me ask you this: do you own a car, a TV-set and a gas boiler? If so, then you are part of the many billions - yes billions with a B - who are (in)directly responsible for the effects of climate change. With this in mind, governments should be urging people to individually reduce their patterns and levels of energy consumption and contribute to what I now call " The Action Plan to decarbonize our Earth".

The irony is that actually cutting down on your energy consumption is beneficial in two ways: environmentally but also personally! Using less electricity will bring down your cost of living, and that surely that, in itself, is a persuasive argument. If each of us can force ourselves to make a minuscule effort to bring down our consumption to an all time low, we are equally, and for the first time, demonstrating genuine desire to take matters in our own hands. I know our countries are part of several leglislative pacts to reduce our carbon emissions and develop better energy efficient mechanisms, but support for individual efforts is highly undervalued.

As for governments worldwide, they can support these initiatives in more way than one: public messaging, conferences, declared new targets, delegating responsibilities to local authorities, etc. It has long been said that defeating the challenges of the environment will take a worldwide effort. Let us therefore be proud of wearing our environment-reforming badges and urge governments to support us in this fight. By creating the space for competition between states, like a boxing arena-style tournament where "you box hard, I box harder", governments can make the whole experience enjoyable, educational and financially attractive.

That leaves us only with the energy companies...

Behavioral economics

Behavior innovation is open innovation. Let us unite in dealing with the environment

Ways of dealing with Climate change

How should we fight Climate change?

See results

Behavioral economics approach

Behavioral economics
Government alone
 
With the support of the Government, we can defeat climate change together
The government was elected by the people and therfore is the only actor responsible for climate change initiatives and should not involve them in the process
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Goodpal profile image

      Goodpal 

      3 years ago

      Individual "responsibility" is the key message from this hub. Glad to see someone talk of "responsibility" in today's world where everyone is obsessed with "rights" and "freedoms" of all kinds -- in unlimited quantities. Personal responsibility is in short supply because it is taught nowhere.

      The climatic disorder is getting more disorderly each year! This threatens lives of people - not the planet. Earth has its own mechanisms to restore its balance; it is the people who are heading towards bigger trouble as years pass.

      The ever increasing energy consumption is a lifestyle problem, though we are taught to see as economic. I very much doubt if the biggest consumers, who are also the most influential, would ever mend their ways of living.

      You are doing a great job of reminding people of their responsibility, but am not sure if your voice would reach where it matters.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)