Structure vs Agency

I see the environmental crisis as a mix between a problem of agency and a problem of structure. This is because the world we live in rewards profits and growth of business and this often comes with not caring about the environment. At the same time, however, CEOs of large corporations, or any company, really can make the choice of sacrificing some profits to practice more sustainable, environment-friendly business practices. In this case, I think agency is a larger contributor to the environmental crisis because the decisions of the owners of companies can offset what society rewards them with for not being environmentally friendly. I think this makes it extremely¬†important to continue educating people about how bad the crisis really is and how much worse it can get. There isn’t much we can do to quickly change society as a whole and what its values are so that’s why I think it’s more important to focus on individual education. I guess that thinking about the crisis in terms of structure vs agency makes me a little bit more hopeful since starting to repair the environmental crisis could be as easy as further education of individual people, specifically business owners rather than needing to change the whole of society.

One Reply to “Structure vs Agency”

  1. Nice work. Interesting observation about how different people or groups like CEOs might have more or less agency. If CEOs have all the agency what does that mean for the rest of us? Food for thought.

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