The Trump Silver Lining: Local Action
Every time the calamity that is the Donald Trump presidency hits a new low, I get so engulfed in the bleakness of the latest saga that I forget this: we have power. If there's a silver lining in any of this, it is a call to local and hyperlocal action on the part of each of us and all of us around the world who are horrified by this administration's regressive policies.
This time around we are forced to witness the US withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, the most comprehensive effort undertaken thus far to curb global carbon emissions. What are our options? We can disbelieve (been there), despair (done that), but ultimately, we have to find a way forward.
I propose taking our future into our own hands. We don't need our governments to help us take accountability for our environmental footprints. We can do that ourselves. By buying less. Taking only what we need. Buying local. Offsetting our travel emissions. Skipping plastic. Composting. Eating less meat. Donating to climate change organizations. These are the tools of our resistance.
More than ever, it's up to us. And genuinely, I'm grateful to Donald Trump for the shove.