We fudge our responses to planetary-scale crises such as climate change, pollution or poverty because our understanding of what we are able to do locally does not match our understanding of what is possible at a larger scale
Let’s See What We Can Do: Designing Agency
Dr Dan Lockton

The problem is not just understanding what we can do, but not believing that anything we do will have real impact or change anything except in tiny symbolic ways. When I give money to a homeless person, am I helping? When I walk instead of drive, do things get better? Against the rhetoric of “it may already be too late to save the planet” everything feels useless or empty. At least, I think that’s the psychic dilemma many face.