Here in Canada, we live in a democracy. WHICH means: Voting = hiring.... Government = managers who run our 'companies' (countries).... And these elected officials are considered 'public servants', 'hired' to act in our best interests. As any company owner knows, being the 'Boss' doesn't end at hiring -- yet in many democracies (especially Canada) we've let things slide and resigned ourselves to corruption, incompetence and mismanagement as the 'norm'. Now, our last vestiges of control/power seem to be our wallets mostly ($$ being the 'driving force') and our voices (/demands).
If this fills you with despair, you're either unaccustomed to or unaware of your power as an individual living in a democracy. Whereas joining demonstrations/protests in dictatorships risks punishment or even death, such [non-violent] actions are effective ways to influence democratic governments. If YOU live in a democracy and shun opportunities for community involvement you are either irresponsible, lazy, way too trusting of your politicians/media or woefully ignorant of the importance of these actions in ensuring your continued freedom/lifestyle/privileges as a citizen. So instead of rushing hurriedly past volunteers offering petitions for you to sign, give up a minute of YOUR time -- and be thankful 'citizenship' gives you a say and the chance to make things go your way!
EVERYONE, democracy or not, needs to open their eyes and realize that those we elect to look out for us -- i.e. GOVERNMENT -- generally can't be trusted to do just that, nor necessarily possess expertise/knowledge in departments they head up. The easily-led masses -- i.e. the 'Boss' by strength in numbers -- lets big polluters like China get rich feeding (/milking) gluttonous consumers like America (HINT: just TRY to quit buying 'Made in China'!).... And now MY [Canadian] government wants to put its own @ risk building a pipeline from our dirty, unsustainable oil fields ('tar sands') to supply Chinese demand... [The IdleNoMore rally for a pipeline-free, tanker-free BC was another step in the right direction: now we need to let political parties know that CLEAN ENERGY is an important voting issue this May: See LeadNow.ca.for more information...]
Educating the masses AND LIVING (i.e. buying, promoting, supporting -- not just talking) SUSTAINABLY -- taking charge as 'Boss', EG. rejecting Keystone pipeline (thank-you America!), influencing Obama ET AL -- is more necessary now than ever. Forget 'left' vs. 'right', east vs. west and every other BS construct used to control the majority: working together cooperatively to restore nature's balance (and identify/ expose/ bankrupt whoever ISN'T) is key, since we DEPEND ON Mother Nature for survival and need her (healthy!) more than she needs us (tho @ this point she'd be better off without destructive, wasteful humans altogether)!
This site and the growing number of environmental activists, non-profits, websites etc. show we're making progress -- SLOWLY, cuz too much 'stuff' gets in the way of working together: EG. govts. bemoaning their slowing economies, which are actually a GOOD SIGN -- people realizing they've been HAD by their 'own', and in fact don't WANT to fund that rainforest-destroying pulp/paper co. hoarding a residential-block-sized glut of overproduction (for example). Look up 'Arab spring' and 'Bolivia' for inspiring examples of people uniting vs. corruption and see how much we take for granted....
Despite our 'superior intellect', humans = the only species that degrades/pollutes its own environment/supplier. Yet the masses are (still) brainwashed -- by big-$$, mining/ oil, even our own MEDIA -- to ignore legit info/science, EG. re. global warming.... EXACTLY as when, centuries ago, they believed the earth was flat.
Well, turns out Earth is round (and scientists were right) -- peace on Earth IS possible -- and we CAN use what we've learned to make a better world (ya! it's already started without you -- honest -- and it's EASIER THAN EVER!)... So QUIT WASTING TIME WITH EXCUSES (yes you --if you're not yet 'green', didn't 'occupy', support a war, claim 'it's too late' or you're 'waiting for the 2nd coming') AND TURN THIS SHIP AROUND, TOGETHER, BEFORE THE POLES MELT ANY MORE AND WE ALL DROWN....