It's simple psychology - if you want to get people to change long standing habits, you do it with small steps at first.vorticism wrote: ↑Tue Aug 16, 2022 3:45 pmAs it relates. In California they would gaslight the constituency with save-water propaganda despite residential in home use accounting for 1-2% of water consumption, the balance being the obvious sectors of manufacturing, business, and agriculture. There was a period when people were so gaslit that restaurants would no longer serve tap water for free. Plastic grocery bags in some cities are taxes .1-.25 $ over a trivial amount of plastic--it is a plain tax revenue grab.
Paper straws meme was forced to similar aims; plastic straws represent perhaps .00005 - .0000005 % of global petrochemical use. Armchair estimate.
The more important question as it relates to this thread: What is the aim of a culture or politburo who behaves in this way? Lying, obfuscating, deceiving, or at least, neurotic overreaction.
In the UK (and other countries) there has been an attempt to get people to eat more healthily by eating more fruit and vegetables. That's not a politburo thing, it's a simple way to improve the health of society in general and thus reduce health care costs. This plan resulted in the "5 a day" campaign - eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. The thing is that it's a first step and was set at 5 a day as it is seen as achievable without huge changes and effort on the part of the general populace.
Likewise, a move to reduce the use of plastic bags for taking groceries home from the supermarket. A small charge was added to each bag. The result? Lots of people now use reusable bags of various types and thus there are many fewer single use bags being thrown in to land fill. But it has an added benefit as it gets people thinking about other plastic waste - the problem of single-use plastics e.g. plastic wrappers on fruit or vegetables. Why are these things wrapped? They come with a wrapper in the form of skin that is there specifically to protect the fruit.
Sure, reducing these single use plastics won't save the planet, but it will help to reduce land fill - that's just a waste of land, after all - and it will reduce the amount of these plastics that find their way in to the environment where they can and do cause issues for wildlife. So simple changes, eased in with little nuisance to the public, will have a big effect in the medium to long term.
And once people get used to reducing waste in their own homes, they will support demands for reduced waste elsewhere. So you get a medium to long term effect on a wide range of pollution / wastage.
It's simple, really.
Now, some people will say that nothing needs to be done because there isn't a problem, but there is mounting evidence that there are lots of problems. And many of those problems can be solved by simple changes that really don't have a negative effect on people or how they go about their daily lives. Sure, some think "I don't care about anyone else's problems" but perhaps they should remember Niemöller. At some point even the individualists will need help and there may not be any forthcoming by then.