It seems like alot of people are mainly focusing on the individual change. Now that is fine and all, but I think that it is also important so see this problem as a national and global issue. In order for the change on idividual level to be of any help, the larger voices in politics must change focus.
Over consuming as an effect of some liberalist ideas must be taken care of. This does not mean that consuming must stop and liberalism must disappear, but what and how we consume must change. Today, the supply and demand does not work as intended. We have today reached a level of consuming that does not play along very well with the enviroement. Substainable pruduction of products like food, clothes and tech-products must become the demand, and large industries and companies must then overhall their production in order to fit the demand and there by change the supplies. Here’s where we’ve seen a somwhat positive development. But if there are no options for choosing a cars that are electric, it makes it hard for consumers to better themselves. The oil and coal industry plays a large role in alot of countries economies, and this means that they are afraid of leaving their comfort-zone and try new things, because of the lust for money.
Also, it is important to realize that we must NOT let developing countries repeat the same mistakes as westerners did a hundred years ago. Support to countries in forms of energy-projects is key in these situatons. China has for example invested in several enery-projects in developing countrys and built nuclear and hydropower plants. Now it is important to remember that there are consequenses to this as well that might be considered negative. For example, nuclear power is not as substainable as for example wind or wave power. Also, people argue that China is trying to expand by investing in vulnerable countries. Even if this is true, the fact that they actually help is good enough for me. It is cheap and easy to construct coal plants for the economycly weak, but with foreign help from larger financed governments they can focus on more substainable sources of power earlier on in their development.
I’d like to recommend this following article about China and how they are involved with development in large parts of Africa I read a couple of months ago, quite interesting.