We now better understand what makes us good citizens. But what about what makes a good Eco Citizen? Are they defined by eco-friendly individual actions? Actions such as replacing meat with plant proteins, using public transportation, refusing to fly, refusing single-use packaging, purchasing a bidet, etc.
Yesterday, we recommended taking such actions to become Eco Consumers. But the reality is that by asking citizens to individually fight the culture that pushes us to overconsume, we place the entire burden of the ecological transition on individuals. That’s why, even though we’ve been asking consumers to make the right choices and ignore the thousands of ads they’re bombarded with, this approach hasn’t yet had the desired effect on the environment.
Much like the citizen, the one individual action that the Eco Citizen can take to have a radical and structural impact is democratic involvement. By voting for elected officials who will defend environmental and social interests, the Eco Citizen can contribute to the implementation of laws and regulations that will guide society toward a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. The Eco Citizen won’t stop at voting; they will share their issues, fears and ideas with their representatives to improve our collective relationship with the environment. Elected officials have chosen to be involved in politics to represent us. That’s why they need to know what the people they represent care about. So let’s give them what they need to make decisions that will provide a sustainable framework for our society!
If you’ve already started to make better individual consumption choices, it will be easier for you to adapt to the more radical changes we need to make to our society’s consumption habits. You could even act as a leader to encourage our elected officials to be bold in their policies, laws and regulations!