daily reminder that the phrase "carbon footprint" was created by BP in an ad campaign in order to try to shift the blame from themselves onto individual consumers and stifle any collective action against the fossil fuels industry.

like seriously even if you lived in the US and decided to grow all your own food, never drive or fly again, and the like more than 55% of your "carbon footprint" has already been made without your consent just by living in the US. Highways, the taxes you pay to the US military, and so on, that's the majority of it, and it's already bigger than the "carbon footprint" of most everybody else's on the globe.

this company would prefer you get depressed about your own insignificant impact on the environment than pay any mind at all to the true culprit. they would have you think all is doomed and that all you can do is go vegan, recycle some boxes, buy a solar panel and an electric car and a curly lightbulb and then proceed to get mad at your neighbor who hasn't done half of that. they would prefer you do anything at all besides blame them directly.

four times in this tweet they say you and your.

individual consumers of course have a role to play in the climate crisis but it's fucking peanuts compared to the slice of the pie the fossil fuel industry itself is directly responsible for, and more importantly, the actions you take as an individual will never make a significant difference on your own carbon footprint because of the infrastructure of the society you must participate in to survive! The only way to defeat this is to cut it off from the stem and root.

@starwall I harp on this shit all the time. Reduce, reuse, recycle is so insidious

@starwall we are none of us immune to propaganda and it's been drilled into us for a generation or more that it's our individual responsibility to reduce carbon footprints or reduce plastic waste or whatever. Disgusting

@Thomas instead of getting mad at the systems, people, and companies which have caused this all to happen people sooner just start lashing themselves for being such wasteful consumers. it's a whole different kind of climate denialism to blame the consumers and expect market forces to correct this and it's EVERYWHERE.

@starwall the plastic one really bothers me because the *vast* majority of plastic waste is produced by the Coca-Cola company, who could start using glass or aluminum tomorrow if they wanted to, but it costs more so they'll continue to say 'make sure you recycle!" with a big smile

@Thomas people, particularly city councils were initially skeptical of plastics. recycling was a part of the package, though these companies knew that recycling would never deal with all of the waste, and they didn't care, they lied to the people of the world and that's how it got everywhere. It was only because of the lie that recycling could deal with it all did we begin manufacturing plastics on such a scale in the first place.

@starwall and then, shocker, it was all a lie. They knew it at the time as well, there's no like "oh, turns out we were wrong" there was a conscious effort to produce more garbage because it made them more money

@Thomas they knew it from the start. from the very get go, they knew they were selling the world on a lie.

@starwall me any time anyone complains about anything at all, tbh

@starwall people still have a hard time internalizing this after the years of personal responsibility propaganda.

I've had fights online with people who thought I was saying we had no responsibility at all. Just some proportionality would be nice.

@InternetEh @starwall I had someone in my mentions not long ago saying "oh, but you should still try not to be wasteful or leave your car idling" or whatever and it's just that is entirely not the point. Sure, don't burn garbage in your front yard, but understand the level of impact you have

@starwall even though recycling aluminum is actually worth doing, i couldn't return a whole bag of cans in Michigan because??? i guess they need to go to a specific store???? even though all the stores have can recycling robots??? and it's a fucking coca cola can like not something obscure??? makes me so fucking mad. they've been rattling around in my car for 3 weeks as i try to find a place to take them.

@June one time a guy got really mad about his cans not being accepted by the machine and came up to the help desk I was manning at Meijer and demanded that we take them and give him a bottle deposit and like, of course we did that, because this guy was super mad. so. I mean you could try that.

@starwall cool it was meijer and i did that and they were like "wow sucks sometimes the robot is weird" and that was that. i honestly don't get it.

@June idk I was always very lenient when I found myself on the service desk because like 1. that's what they trained us to be like and 2. meijer can damn well afford it and we all know that

@June michigan needs to get its bottle return laws in order, too many companies are just allowed to opt out of that shit for no good or coherent reason. aluminum ought to be recycled regardless of carbonation, right? alas.

@starwall i am not really sure like what the "correct" way even is? like is coke from one place only returnable at that same place? that can't be right.

@June so far as I can tell the only thru line is if its carbonated or not, and then some brands just wont work ever.

@starwall save a lot's store brand doesnt recycle and it infuriates me

i have so many of those bottles

We remember the #SustainableAustraliaParty turning that back around, saying " its the #totalFootprint of X city that matters".

There are a lot of calculations that only focus on electricity or intra-city travel, neglecting other factors of #consumption.

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