Vol. 6 No. 2 (2022)

The Last Lap

Mark Beeson
University of Technology Sydney

Published 2022-06-14 — Updated on 2022-08-07


  • environmental politics,
  • leadership,
  • progress,
  • cooperation,
  • values

How to Cite

Beeson, Mark. 2022. “The Last Lap”. The Journal of Population and Sustainability 6 (2):13-29. https://doi.org/10.3197/JPS.63788304908973.


What do responsible environmental behaviour and practice look like, especially for those of us who despair of effective policies being enacted by the current generation of political elites? This paper provides a personal response to the ethical and policy dilemma of our times. I attempt to explain what may seem like – and possibly is – entirely self-indulgent behaviour on the basis that I can make absolutely no difference at the sort of macro level that is needed to ‘save the planet’. In the process I try to explain why thousands of others have made similar choices and why cooperation even amongst well-intentioned and informed individuals is so hard and unlikely to succeed.


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