ahwiles - do you do make any choices with an environmental aspect?
I think we should, I think we should make progress in that respect, and saying "There's no point" or "I can't be bothered" is not the direction we should be heading in. But I am studying design, so I will focus on my degree and make stuff that's built like that, as that's what I believe is important. As you are no-doubt aware - blowing hot air on a forum doesn't make a lot of difference.
I guess the reason I asked this was to gauge opinion. I won't pretend that the motivation wasn't emotion - I am upset by the attitude of "I could make some changes that make a difference*, but I won't".
I don't advocate living in a cave, and I don't advocate taking away choice [banning flying for example], what I advocate is education on the real environmental impact of everyday choices and discussion of how to reduce it with minimal disruption to our quality of life.
For example recycling [better, upcycling/cradle to cradle] when the facilities exist, buying local produce if it's available and not using short-haul flights [other people need to join in too on that] with no concern to the fuel used -the example I gave yesterday with regard to that was, use another method for business meetings where it is acceptable, maybe videoconferencing if both sides agree to it. Yes I also keep the heating off unless the house is under about 18, yes I ride my bike to work or uni and yes I use the Chromebook rather than the desktop to browse the web because it saves 100W or electricity use. I also don't eat meat as it's much more resource intensive [and for other reasons beyond the scope of this thread].
Some of these choices also save me money, but it's not my only goal.
As I said - it's the "I just don't care" bit that bugs me.
*real information requires research, and takes a little time, hence advocating education and discussion.