I can wangle private tours to some of the most interesting places -- the Galileo project at JPL, for my 30th Bday, and a tour of the control room at the Goldstone Radio Telescope (Deep Space Network), for instance!
If you only talk but you don't do, discuss or donate, your opinion doesn't count for much.
What Gives Me Hope
That people are getting the idea --finally! -- that Green is good for them, even if it's only because their pocketbooks are hurting!
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
I'm not crazy enough for that kind of job...everyone knows "herding cats" is a known impossibility!
What/who changed my life and why
Seeing an early man-made satellite, Echo 1, go over my house when I was 10, and thinking that the World would change. And it has, in ways we didn't even imagine -- Wrecking the planet is harder when you can see all of it from space, and knowing it's the only people habitable place we know of -- it's our LifeBoat!
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - champagne in one hand, strawberries in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming – "WOO HOO! What a Ride!"