A young woman with black hair and glasses walks up interior stairs holding cloth shopping bag full of apples and a reusable cup.

Do you carry a keep cup, worry about your carbon footprint or diligently sort your recyclables, as your way of helping to save the planet?

What if you discovered you’ve been duped?

Melbourne author Jeff Sparrow argues that, when it comes to environmental impacts, big corporations have engineered a sense of individual responsibility – to distract from their own.

“One of the reasons why we feel so despairing about the [climate] situation that we’re in is that we are made to feel that we are the problem,” Sparrow tells ABC RN’s Big Ideas.

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