i care about this a lot because its my major but basically today i went to a sustainability conference and my university’s president was giving this talk and he was saying “im so proud of our students for putting together like litter cleanups and like turning out the lights and getting all this LEED certification and composting and stuff” and then at the end this one guy stood up and asked about like,, the fracking fields that our university owns and makes a bunch of revenue off of and what they plan on doing about that and the president, obviously flustered, was like, “haha uhhh i dont think we’re getting rid of those any time soon”
thats when i just noped the fuck out because honestly i hate this Neoliberal bullshit rhetoric of like, blaming individuals for the brunt of environmental damage and then turning around and causing a whole bunch more than people on a consumer level ever could just FUCK YOU
firstly its just guilt tripping individuals. of course its good to recycle and compost and pollute less but this type of rhetoric actually affects lower class people way more because it says shit like “buy organic uwu uwu only eat local food” when people cant afford that at all?? and another thing i thought of is that like all the “bike to work” stuff just throws a lot of disabled people who rely on cars under the metaphorical bus. there are tons of other examples as to why this doesnt work but ill stop now.
the other thing this allows for is like, corporations to go do their shit unchecked!! because they put the majority of the blame on consumers!! like this fracking field!!! my university owns literally millions of acres on which it fracks for oil and makes huge profits. they get green credit for being a “sustainable institution” because of their shitty LEED buildings but theyre paying for them with oil money and i think thats disgusting.
this is a bigger societal problem honestly like remember all the water crisises happening literally right now?? the government sells all the clean water to water bottle companies and then turns around and says “uwu be sure to turn off the water when u brush ur teeth uwu” it pisses me the fuck off and honestly the us government has blood on its hands