Da Mayor: Always do the right thing.
Mookie: That's it?
Da Mayor: That's it.
Mookie: I got it. I'm gone.
If every American were to make every single lifestyle change suggested in the film, An Inconvenient Truth, it would only result in a 21% decrease in carbon emissions. In fact, while the average human produces 2500 pounds of waste per year, the average per capita waste output is 26 tons"because 97% of waste is produced by agriculture and industry.
Individual lifestyle changes won't do anything to "save the planet," so why bother?
To help answer that question, I defer to Valter, one of the catadores (pickers of recyclable waste in Brazil) featured in the excellent documentary, Waste Land. "One single can is of great importance," Valter explained, when asked about the value of recycling, "because 99 is not 100."
My translation: Never lose sight of the big picture but always do the right thing.
Who wouldn't want to witness a major reversal of some of our current catastrophic global eco-trends? But, as the legendary journalist I.F. Stone once said: "If you expect an answer to your question during your lifetime, you're not asking a big enough question." Making daily--even hourly--choices of resistance isn't necessarily about being present when the current corporate-dominated paradigm shifts (or is shifted). It's about doing the right thing...here and now. It's about defying the dominant culture in any way we can.