It is unfortunate, uncomfortable, and there is a giant infrastructure in denial. Things as a consequence will get worse for life and many people.
It is clear that the emissions for the richer countries effected by the recession had a reduction of CO2 about 7-9 percent; however emissions for the emerging market countries (the poor countries) have increased. This means that to go from 485ppm to 350ppm fewer emissions are required. Further with a 40 year atmosphere residence time for the CO2 that is generated-more consequences will result.
There are signs of wind power investment if you drive about, but its impact is unclear. As you drive about little sign of individual renewable energy investment is seen. It appears to be business as usual. Many people think this is a recession and like the last it will end. It is just the business cycle. And of course-that's business as usual. On the other hand there is a bit of hesitation for renewable investment-as people wait for things to become cheaper or a government subsidy will occur. Without an income- as many are unemployed- thoughts of investment is wishful thinking. A clear course is absent.
One who hesitates is lost or haste makes waste. The sum of individual efforts matter, but the individual's motivation needs reason and thus macroeconomic force. This is why there is advertising and government intervention. Unfortunately this is a problem. The current array of both forces is ossified with obsolete entrenched unsustainable interests.
Consider government. With the Supreme Court mandate of a corporation to maximize its short term profits, allows its free speech and limits its liability-no good may come from these agents. It is clear there is no good advertising that will come from this. The executive and legislative branches under corporate leadership having shown callous regard towards many aspects of the general welfare of the people. Although unemployment payments have clearly helped millions of Americans, little sustainable job creation has been made. Unemployment is better than investing monies in unsustainable employment systems. Serious mobilization for sustainable health and welfare of Americans has yet to be made.
So what are you going to do?