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13 Sep, 9 tweets, 2 min read
Thinking more about individual vs. system-level change. A lot of things can be true at once.

The blame for climate change does not rest on individuals who've been flying, eating meat, etc.
If there were mass movements to change behavior, that would have impact at the systems level. It also wouldn't be sufficient.
Your behavior shouldn't be solely evaluated by how much you think it will change the world. You also need to do what you think is right, regardless of presumed impact.
Mass change will be driven by events, whether we like it or not. Certain types of food, transit, and energy will become unavailable, or unaffordable. We will see mass change through systems shock. (This is the opposite of a just transition, or degrowth.)
We have been outright conned regarding the impact of our systems and individual behavior. This will continue as long as the incentives support it. Too many people put their paycheck and/or way of life ahead of their morals.
There's value in individual change as a form of research. How hard is it to make a change? What's hard about it emotionally? What systems make it hardest to change? Whose interests are being served by those systems?
There's value in individual change as a form of practice. How can I practice alternatives now, while I still have flexibility and self determination? How will that make it easier for myself and others when I no longer have a choice?
Colonialism—as a mindset and as a history—has been, and continues to be, one of most damaging and destructive forces on earth. This must be addressed at both the individual level and the systems level, both because it's morally abhorrent and because it will prevent real progress.
Work at all scales can have meaning and value. There's no point in looking down at someone just because they're working at a different level or in a different way. There are a multitude of paths.

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