The challenge, of course, is HOW to make a difference. First I’ll need to climb a steep learning curve, starting at the very bottom. What’s the problem? What are the issues? What’s being done already? Who’s doing it? Are they doing it well? What still needs to be done? Which sources of information are reliable for getting this info in the first place?
What’s the biggest problem?
Is it global warming, carbon dioxide emissions, deforestation, the Great Ocean Garbage Patch, drought, wildfires, rising sea levels, traffic, overpopulation, greenhouse gases, failure to compost, fracking, littering, melting glaciers, urban sprawl, genetically modified organisms, plastics, overfishing, or an endangered species? (I secretly hope it’s an endangered species, as some of them are so darn cute.)
And What’s the Fix?
For whatever IS the biggest problem, what’s the best solution? Since I don’t even know the biggest problem, I can’t even speculate now.
What Should My Role Be?
Once I figure out the biggest issue, and the best solution, what should I do about it?
Do I start with myself, my family, my home, my workplace, my neighborhood, my city, my state, my country, or the planet? Do I change my own living habits to become a model citizen for the environment? Do I tell all my friends about the environment – bring it up at every cocktail party, every Mom’s Night Out, every dinner gathering? Do I start a neighborhood environmental group? Do I get back into the practice of law, and take a legal approach to protecting the planet? Do I mobilize large-scale (or small-scale) grassroots political action? Make my town a model of environmental protection, then use it as an example to inspire others? Start a nonprofit? Start a clean energy company? Fundraise? Become a cog in the most effective wheel (organization, company, or leader) I can find? Write a book? Make a movie? Run for office? Organize a rally? Start some civil disobedience? Chain myself to a tree? Mobilize grassroots political action?