What you can do if that scary New York mag climate article drove you to act.
This week’s cover story by David Wallace-Wells is pretty bleak. As he told Grist contributor Eric Holthaus, the author hopes that sharing the worst-case scenarios might motivate readers to do something about the climate crisis — despite science showing that existential dread is not a particularly good motivator.
But if you do happen to be one of those rare birds who is motivated by sheer terror, and if you’re wondering what you can do despite feeling that you’re just a drop in a (rapidly warming) bucket — we’ve all been there — then take some advice from Grist’s helpful and hopeful Ask Umbra Apathy Detox.
Because here’s the thing: The world’s not going to change unless someone’s there to change it, and you might just be the drop we need. Here’s how you can turn your freak-out into action:
- Shake off the blues. Easier said than done, but curling up in a ball helps no one.
- Make commonsense changes like eating less meat and taking fewer flights. If everyone cuts down just a li’l bit, we’ll be doing a whole lot better.
- Get active. Politically active. Vote local and participate in protests for a start. Consider running for local office. Looking for more inspiration? We’ve got a Grist list of movers and shakers.