Down the Rabbit Hole Minisode 7: Individual Action and the Private Jet Debacle

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This week we’re finally tackling an age-old question head-on: does individual action matter?

How can we stay motivated to make small changes in our own lives when Kylie Jenner is using her private jet like a local taxi?

Elise looks into the individuals behind a famous statistic and shares a framework for valuing individual action without missing the bigger picture.


Episode sources

Yes, Actually, Individual Responsibility Is Essential to Solving the Climate Crisis, Sierra Club, Sept 2019
Just 90 companies are to blame for most climate change, this ‘carbon accountant’ says, Science, Aug 2016
Can consumer choices ward off the worst effects of climate change? An expert explains., Vox, Oct 18
Soft Path Energy, Wikipedia
The UN Campaign for Individual Action, UN
Climate Change Needs Behavior Change, Center for Behavior and the Environment, 2018
Private jet use is more popular than ever — and first-time buyers are driving record sales, CNBC, July 2022

Other episodes mentioned:
How to Cope with Climate Despair

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Ep. 67 – 2022 Rewind: The Good, The Bad, & The Updates World Is Burning

It’s the end of the year and we’re in a reflective mood! In this episode we take a look back at the climate wins of the year, updates on stories we’ve covered, and share what we’re looking forward to in 2023. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. World Is Burning is hosted by Olivia Hamilton and Elise Nye. Our theme music is by Kaycie Satterfield, and our logo was made by Sonja Katanic. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/worldisburning/message
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