Wee see plenty of that in the transport sector.
It's when they pretend that climate action is just a question of individuals making different choices. The goal is to avoid talking about anything that goes beyond that.
Also known as the "But China!" or the "we're just 2%!" argument
It's when they say: "we would *love* to reduce emissions, but others won't play along, right? So what's the point?"
- "Leeds is just 1.4% of flights!"
- "if we don't do it, others will and we'll lose out!"
It's when ineffective solutions are promoted, in order to draw attention away from more substantial & effective (but more uncomfortable) measures
It's when technology is pushed as the *only* solution. Technology will happen (eventually) *so we can carry on as usual*.
When in fact we should be doing technology + all those other things.
It's when policy-makers address the lack of progress by doubling down on yet another target 10 years down the line, yet another "emergency declaration"
Few realise this though, as media are all too keen on hyping targets, without providing the full context.
It's when fossil fuels are reframed as part of the solution, rather than the problem. Just to extend their life a little while longer.
Climate mitigation does raise serious social justice issues - no questions about it! But these are sometimes exaggerated or exploited by vested interests.
It's not that well-being doesn't matter - it does! But be wary of when it's conflated with fossil fuel use, without considering alternative ways of satisfying needs.
It's when they set the bar for climate policy measures so high, that basically it can't be met. Anything less than ideal won't do. So we'd rather do business as usual.
Which is fine, because they're quite annoying, and we've got more than enough on our plate! (ENDS)