Attitude to climate change is totally different in Europe. Having returned from a trip to the UK and France, I was surprised to see how much effort was spent on addressing this problem and in complete contrast to the concern here in the USA.
In England windmills were every where. It seemed like every 100 acres, and in lines off the coast to take advantage of the onshore/offshore diurnal winds. Same in France.
Electric vehicles were every where. Tesla sold more to the UK this year than anywhere else. Delivery vehicles I saw were electric and charging stations were at gas stations. In Paris they were on most streets. Paris buses were electric or older ones were hybrids. Paris has announced plans to replace many car lanes with bicycle lanes.
Plastic bags were noticeably absent as the UK has implemented bans or high tax on such. A proposed ban on plastic straws aims to curb the estimated 8.5 billion straws that are thrown away each year in the UK alone. Meanwhile here in Arizona we put a ban on such bans!!
Now the UK is moving forward a ban on sales of internal combustion engine cars from 2040 to 2030, but allow sales of hybrids until 2035. They are also phasing out methane burning heaters for water or A/C. TV time on climate is substantial.
From pub conversations it was apparent that individuals were taking responsibility for solutions, such as installing solar panels, even in a climate which is not known for sun light, unlike Arizona. It became apparent they consider the USA not to be pulling its weight in this area.
Many were aware of the damage done by intensive animal farming and UK has reduced its meat consumption by 20%. Everywhere I ate offered Beyond Burgers or similar and carried about 20% of menu options meat free. To my amazement McDonald’s UK & France offered vegetarian options including a plant based burger!
Face it. While guys like Senator Joe Manchin, who is heavily linked to the coal industry, and holds the controlling vote on bills, we are unlikely to make any major progress towards a cleaner planet. Our Congress, on both sides, appear impotent on this topic.
Relying on politicians in this country is obviously futile but what could you do to save the future of your grandchildren? The oil industry and the meat industry are the two largest polluters on the planet. For myself I have just ordered an electric pickup, am increasing my solar power to totally independent, replaced meat with a variety of plant based lookalikes. What are you doing? Are you eating your children’s future?