Limiting climate change: what's most worth doing?

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Wynes and Nicholas (2017 Environ. Res. Lett. 12 074024) claim that some of the most important actions individuals can take to mitigate climate change have been overlooked, particularly in educational messages for adolescents, and estimate the potential impact of some of these, including having fewer children and living car free. These estimates raise questions that deserve serious analysis, but they are based only on the technical potential of the actions and do not consider the plasticity of the behaviors and the feasibility of policies to support them. The actions identified as having the greatest potential are lifestyle changes that accrue benefits over a lifetime or longer, so are not realistic alternatives to actions that can be enacted immediately. But presenting lifestyle choices and the relative impacts of different actions as discussion starters for adolescents could be promising, especially if the discussions highlight issues of behavioral plasticity, policy plasticity, and time scale. Research has identified design principles for interventions to achieve the strongest emissions reductions at time scales up to the decadal. Design principles for achieving longer-lasting changes deserve careful analytic attention, as well as a stronger focus in adolescent textbooks and messages to the general population. Both adolescents and researchers would do well to think carefully about what could promote the generational changes needed to reach a climate change target such as 'well below 2 °C'.

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I I him all the research associate an
assistant professor at Harris public policy if there's some who cares about climate change you may have seen in the news
of recent study protracted and find the most FIL actions that individuals can
take to limit climate change it provocatively suggested that people should
consider having 1 last child and living car-free life if you're reaction was that these behaviors doesn't seem practical the you hit at the heart of the commentary case my colleague Paulson and I wrote about the original study this study is just
but it is important and provocative the 2 main things missing from 1 of them is that it doesn't say how achievable these actions are it looks only at how much difference it would make you it if you if they were all done by everybody so we're then universally completely if this information is given to high
school is going to look at them as nonstarters decide that there isn't anything to do with the big difference the 2nd thing that the study doesn't
take into account of time scales that seems at 1st come to mind about saving energy and reducing pollution emissions by things that can happen immediately like turning of lights in unused
rooms and recycling those you because it
seems that dimension we frequently high school textbooks but most of them have really small events there other actions that can have a much
more significant impact of course that same decade and these 10 to the 110 axis such as installations here
on upgrading the heating and cooling equipment by fuel-efficient car or
perhaps consider and solar panels there the kinds of
changes it wives because advocate might have even larger effects but much less is known about how to achieve it they mostly involve changes in lifestyle it won't be easy to make those
changes we think this is probably unrealistic for most people and when you consider this small proportion of the population in Wellington attempt that certainly it seems like the emissions reductions the possible from that actions are much smaller and that's the approach we recommends we need to consider not only the maximum emissions possible for behavior but also the proportion of people who will die out at feasibility of designing policies in interventions to target behavior and when you multiply those 3 things you didn't different indexes impact 1 that we called reasonably achievable emissions reductions
well we may have a different perspective on how to identify the most impactful behavior is the person can take we do a lot of nuclease for drawing attention to the importance of adolescence in addressing climate change their enough their
lives they can have a long and lasting impact on the future climate the
through their personal lifestyle choices or their future careers and if we can encourage
high school curriculum and textbooks to incorporate better messages about the types of actions that are needed to address climate change as well as the
feasibility we might begin to encourage the discussions that are needed to move our society in the right direction and avoid at a temperature change attitude agrees