This is a difficult question to answer because there are a lot of sources of carbon emissions not directly under the control of individual consumers, such as emissions associated with industry and agricultural practices around the world. Reducing your carbon footprint is certainly important, but the fact is that we aren’t going to be able to stop global warming and make it to 350 ppm simply through individuals making changes to their own lives. That’s because as long as our societies are burning coal for electricity, clearing forests for agriculture, and engaging in other unsustainable activities on an industrial scale, individual actions can only do so much. To really stop global warming, government action is essential, and that is why the December negotiations on climate in Copenhagen are so important. 350.org, the group that put on the October 24th Day of Climate Action, is urging supporters to contribute to a good outcome in Copenhagen by organizing “Candle Light Vigils” the weekend of December 12th, to call on the US government to play a leadership role in Copenhagen. You can find out about joining or starting vigil near you at the link cited below.
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