It is often said that in the face of the type of crises we face individual action is ineffective and that the only way ‘progress’ can be made in changing things – is by mass collective action. On the face of it this is obvious.
It is also true that calls for individual action – “be the change you wish to see in the world” – are a distraction, a way of letting people feel they are doing something when in fact their acts are trivial and far from effective. “I’ve stopped flying/eating meat/using plastic straws/whatever so I’m doing my bit”. Read More