Can Deleting Junk Emails and Changing Browsers Really Help Save the Earth?

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The internet and all of social media was abuzz with recent news of NASA climate scientists staging protests around the world. The protest that received the most media coverage was led by Dr Peter Kalmus, who was joined by other scientists in chaining himself to the gates of a JPMorgan Chase building in Los Angeles. According to scientists and according to a 2020 report, JPMorgan Chase is the largest fossil fuel financier than any other bank in the world.

Dr Kalmus and other scientists emotionally pleaded for people to start listening to them and climate change experts during their ‘science rebellion’ last week, following a detailed and important report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which warned that the time to achieve global climate goals is rapidly running out. The NASA scientists were later arrested and later released.

Since then, trending topics on the internet have been climate change and climate activism. Social media users have been more relentless with their #LetTheEarthBreath campaign suggesting actions that can be taken by individuals everywhere, and one method these users have supported is to delete unwanted emails and prefer to use Ecosia as the engine. search instead of Google.

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Others have also linked the recent Scientist Rebellion to an interview with a climate activist on Hello Brittany to the 2021 apocalyptic black comedy film Don’t look upwhich was a satire targeting government and media indifference and ignorance to the ongoing climate crisis.

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While this is all a good way to start and a good thing to do, will deleting unwanted emails and switching browsers be enough to save the Earth and let it breathe? The simple answer and what other users have told others is no. These things are not enough to save the Earth.

You may be wondering why a resounding “no” is the answer, and don’t think we’re not advocating letting the Earth breathe. It is simply this: small actions by individuals won’t have much effect if corporations and private enterprises continue to do big damage.

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Yes, change search engine. Yes, opt for greener alternatives to your daily needs. Yes, do whatever you think is necessary to help the Earth and the environment. But what people need to understand is that demonizing people who can’t or choose not to do the same is not the answer. He holds big business responsible for the continued destruction of the environment for their greed.

If big business continues to use fossil fuels or ignore the climate crisis in its entirety, then what good are our small actions? As individuals, there is not much we can do. We can defend the climate and the environment as much as we can, but if these private companies do nothing, aren’t we doomed?

Besides saving electricity, planting trees, recycling, deleting unwanted emails, etc., we should also claim responsibility from those private companies who don’t seem to understand.

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