While I was cooking my lunch earlier, I watched Hank Green's most recent episode of SciShow like five times. It's about climate change, and it's scary.
Now, I believe in climate change. (I feel weird that I even have to say that.) But I also believe that we're unlikely to convince a significant portion of the American public that climate change is a real thing -- I especially think we'll fail to convince enough people to force meaningful change on corporations or convert away from fossil fuels before it's absolutely necessary.
So it occurs to me that the best way to deal with that social problem is for people who do think climate change is a real thing to try to go carbon negative, finding ways not just to minimize their carbon output but to actually reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere in their daily lives.
Of course, I have no clue, whatsoever, if this is possible. The extent of my knowledge about carbon negativity is that, on a large scale, things like huge forests act as carbon sinks, sucking up the extra carbon, which, yes, does reinforce my favorite solution for all the world's problems (put everyone in giant cities with vertical farms and let most of the world go back to wilderness) but doesn't really help me pursue lower net carbon in my daily life.
So I hereby resolve to try and learn more about my carbon consumption. Where I can, I'll cut down on my carbon intake. If I can, I'll start doing things that actively reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. And as much as I can, I will endeavor to resist losing the world as we know it to one of the above-outlined apocalyptic scenarios.