I think this discussion is very important nowadays and I welcome the rising awareness very much. Often we speak much but act little, and we let politicians decide what should be done in the next few years, but the problem is that they are more often than not corrupted by industry lobbyists and therefore don't feel too much pressure to actually make a change. So the population must wake up and raise their voices until it's loud enough for politicians to listen. The argument against any changes is always job safety, but changing doesn't have to mean that jobs will be lost. This is a pure fallacy. Instead, they are rather simply shifted. Of course this takes a lot of time and costs money, but I only very rarely see any company have severe financial difficulties when shifting to greener processes. Sadly, I also only very rarely see any company at all making some efforts in that direction.
In Germany our government recently released their envirnment plans, which are way too cautious, get rightly criticized from experts and researchers, and I am concerned about it. I really hope that they will put more pressure onto the industry to change faster. Our car industry fucked up half of the entire world and still gets protected and petted like a child. Admittedly, they got caught and punished to pay insanely high fines, but they still keep on cheating like nothing ever happened, so the pain can't be that bad, I guess. The shift to electric drives or hydrogen drives is happening way too slow and the government doesn't help at all.
So when governments and industries fail, I ask myself what I personally can do with very little effort. Some things actually work, and some don't work for me. For example, my girl and I are blessed, I can't deny that. We have a pretty good income, both of us, we live in a small town where costs of living are pretty fair and both of us don't commute very far. In fact, her job is so close that she can easily walk, while I drive 15-20mins with my car.
So I considered riding the bus, but unfortunately the connection is very bad. If I missed the bus after work at 4 o'clock I would have to wait three (!) hours for the next one. Also, I don't have fixed working times, I can never precisely tell when it's time to go home. I contacted the company and asked for better connections, but they declined because the customer numbers don't warrant more buses on that line. That's not possible for me, honestly, so I don't ride the bus.
I would love to by a hydrogen-driven car, but unfortunately the gas stations in my area aren't equipped for that yet. The closest one would be 50km away, that's not reasonable for me.
But like I said, some things actually work for me. We decided to eat less meat in general, but especially no meat anymore from discounters. We have a butcher just next to us so that's where we buy our meat now. It's much more expensive for sure so we consume much less as compensation, but it tastes a thousand times better and the animals lived in better conditions. Too much meat isn't healthy anyway and cooking vegetarian is very easy and just as tasty. It comes beneficial that we both like to cook and experiment a lot so that shift went very smoothly for us.
We don't intend to change our entire lifestyle, but little things can make a change, too. So we try to reduce the amount of packaging and plastic where it's easy and effortless. She's using bio-degradable tooth brushes now, for instance. Me, when I shop some food at my local discounter I stop using plastic bags for my fruits and vegetables anymore. This had been a no-brainer for me all my life. You buy some tomatoes, you put them into that thin plastic bag. Now I don't do that anymore and I'm still just fine. It made me wonder why I even did that in the first place. Also, I consider receiving green electricity next year instead.
So to sum it up, I hope that substantial changes happen to industries, even if it means by law, while I myself try to do my part as well.