Structure, Agency, and The Crisis

  1. I feel that the environmental crisis going on is a result of a combination of problems regarding structure and agency, although I feel that agency is a larger part of it. Considering much of the world follows a capitalist system, companies and consumers both don’t want to be the first adopters of the “green” market. It costs more to produce eco-friendly products than harmful ones, and subsequently it also costs the consumers more to purchase them. However, I feel like agency is the main problem mostly due to a few beliefs of mine. First, I believe that unless a loud majority (much more than at the present) actively participate in and encourage innovation in the green market, nobody will want to shift to a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle, largely due to the bandwagon effect. I also believe that if more innovation is made towards being eco-friendly, most people will view that as an excuse to be lazy about trying to continue to be eco-friendly (good enough mentality).
  2. I feel that the best solution for solving the problems I talked about in the first question is to create an eco-friendly market that largely benefits the consumers (and as such, the producers as well) and is something exciting. I’m mostly thinking about electric cars when I say this, as they are much cheaper to use than cars that run on gasoline, and are also seen as futuristic and interesting.
  3. Since I feel that the issue largely stems from problems with how humans act, I feel more despair than hope towards the future of our planet. I don’t think anything can reasonably happen soon enough to largely cause a shift in public action regarding the environmental crisis. I firmly believe that the majority of people will not do anything until the harm we’ve done to our planet is exceedingly obvious, and even then I feel like a good portion of them would have an attitude of, “Oh well, it’s too late to do anything now.”

 

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