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We’re all Climate Hypocrites Now

How Embracing Our Limitations Can Unlock the Power of a Movement

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Our culture tells us that personal responsibility is central to tackling the climate emergency, yet the choices we make are often governed by the systems in which we live. Whether it’s activists facing criticism for eating meat or climate scientists catching flack for flying, accusations of hypocrisy are rampant. And they come from both inside and outside the movement.

Taking a tongue-in-cheek approach, self-confessed eco-hypocrite Sami Grover says we should do what we can in our own lives, but then we need to target those actions so they create systemic change. Along the way, he skewers those pointing fingers, celebrates those who are trying, and offers practical pathways to start making a difference.

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Sami Grover

Sami Grover is a green lifestyle blogger and self-confessed eco-hypocrite. He has spent most of his life trying to live a greener lifestyle and has written more than 2,000 articles covering everything from electric bike ownership to peeing on your compost heap. Yet he has only been marginally successful in reducing his own environmental impact. Active in the sphere of good-for-the-world business, he has developed branding projects for clients including Burt's Bees, Dogwood Alliance, and Jada Pinkett Smith. He believes that, in order to make a difference, each of us has to identify our greatest point of leverage and focus our efforts there. He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and kids.

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The opening chapter outlines a contradiction in environmental activism: we all know the problem is urgent, but we all continue to produce some amount of carbon emissions. Grover suggests that we … 13 $1.30

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In this chapter, the author unpacks our consumer impulses, and how a consumer state of mind does not encourage environmental action. 10 $1.00

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In this chapter, Grover details the ways in which an over-focus on purity is impeding the environmental movement, and reveals a lack of faith in collective action. 12 $1.20

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This chapter explores the disconnect between the reality of the environmental crisis, and the rhetoric of events such as Earth Day, which typically focuses on individual actions rather than … 11 $1.10

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In this chapter, the author explores how charges of hypocracy are leveled at environmentalists who have children. 18 $1.80

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This chapter details the efforts of oil companies to cover up their own climate research, as well as how we can pressure these companies into doing more to protect the environment and move away … 17 $1.70

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In this chapter, the author explores the recent rise of Certified B Corporations, which are governed by a set of criteria that includes waste management practices, energy consumption, … 13 $1.30

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This chapter discusses the benefits of personal change, how personal decisions can have ripple effects on other people, and how activists need to meet people where they are in order to influence … 16 $1.60

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In this chapter, Grover focuses on blame, how powerful institutions can shift blame away from themselves and onto the less culpable, and how our attention is a limited resource. 15 $1.50

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This chapter describes the efforts of cyclists in Amsterdam to resist the encroachment of cars and keep that city bike-centric. He uses their efforts as a model for how change has to take place … 19 $1.90

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In this chapter Grover ties together the themes of the book, and suggests how climate activists can best accomplish their goals. 12 $1.20