What of the jet-setter, setting into the sun with aspirations of seeing the world, learning about it and making it a better place? Our flights are currently carbon-belchers, polluting the jet streams with their emissions. A lot of these aforementioned passengers would likely welcome in zero-carbon flight with wide-flung, open arms, but I bet the majority are not designers or engineers of that particular variety and so they must rely on someone else making that travel aspect of their lives more aligned with their values, even if they can’t depend on themselves to do it. Ah, the beauty of community and teamwork.
The same goes for the person driving all around the Queensland coast, studying how tropical reefs off-shore are suffering from ocean acidification caused by too much carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. That person may wish to commute by more environmentally-friendly means, but perhaps a bicycle cannot get them as far as they need to go within the time frame they have for their research and their passion is not driven in the direction of fossil fuel-free automobiles. This is the crux, you see.
I speak to so many brilliant minds who truly want the world to be a better place; they care about the planet and very much want better options for transport, energy and the like but still use their old ways to get around and live their lives because there is not a feasible alternative that they can walk into a shop and buy yet.
So what answer is there? The average Joe/Jane cannot do everything, even if he/she wants to. Sure, a person can read up on engineering and brush up their math if they want to learn how they can make a difference in that department. They could learn to dive and tackle wave energy as just one of numerous renewable energy resources; they could invest their time in installation and studying the impacts of such on marine life. They could delve into sociology and psychology, compiling a volume of information on human behaviour and how to lead people if politics is somewhere they see themselves thriving. But perhaps what they were really born to do was create art in the form of plays, movies, landscaping, thatch-roofing, or tattooing and therefore what would make them happiest is to spend their time doing these things – offering a service to welcoming recipients.
There are two ways that these sustainable changes will occur amongst us as a people. The first is that they will be implemented top-down. The masses will campaign to such an extent and with such uniformity that the government will have no choice but to tweak its protocol to that of the people finally after a history of bullshitting their way to more cushioned surroundings and higher stacks of cash.
The second is that more and more people will take themselves off-grid and begin their own self-run communities entirely isolated from mainstream society. This will involve teamwork and honest communication above all else in order for it to work, as well as depend on private land for these communities to claim home on.
So in the meantime, what is there for the person with the desire to jet set, which will further their research, expand their mind, and connect them with like-minded folk? Is that person simply to sit at home or only venture to the realms within cycling distance? No, of course not! We must move with the times, evolve with the times and this navigation is a construction process with a positive outcome on the horizon; it’s just a bit like some real-life construction scenarios where something has got to be demolished before an improvement takes its place.