“We’re brainwashed into thinking we as individuals can save the world, when I’ve heard 7 companies are responsible for most of the carbon humans have ever emitted. Is getting out on the streets and protesting the only answer?” That’s the listener question sent in by Eve, in Haslam, Nottingham, England for co-hosts Stuart and William to explore. Stuarts states right off the bat that there is never just one singular answer to anything. We’re distracted at times by the big corporations, it's true, and we can feel pressured into doing things as individuals, which can take the onus away from the big companies to do anything themselves. The big quandary we have is that there really needs to be a big change in how we all live, but how on earth do we go about that? Stuart’s conclusion is that street protests are one but not the only answer. We need to do our best to transition in as many ways as possible, because it’s very hard to change the wind of change when they’re coming at it from many different routes.
William is amazed by who owns and influences what, and what one company owns when you drill down. For example, Goodreads is run by Amazon, and how many breakfast cereals does Pepsi have a stake in? It’s very difficult to avoid the 7 companies that Eve has alluded to, as their tentrills are everywhere, so is protest the only answer William inquires? Yes, in a way, but there are many ways to protest. Stuart elaborates on this point, for example abstaining from using a particular product is an act of protest. You can protest by just talking about it, and by keeping it in the public eye and not letting it get buried.
An action your co-hosts came up with for this particular episode is to try to seek balance, but also not sticking with the status quo either.
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