In a letter from a friend, who said, "Am trying to be a better citizen and pay attention to the daily things I CAN do - but in reality, it's the guys in charge of the rudder who can change course."
My reply: The guy in charge of the rudder will change course when he finds there's no one in his boat any more. Every person who "pays attention to the daily things" will convince one other person by behavior to change boats. "Silent Spring" wasn't popular, or well-known, shortly after it was written. But it has handed person to person, and look where we are now. "Environmentalist" may be a dirty word to some people, but it is a word that no longer gets a "Huh? What's that?" Global warming may have ijits like Inhofe nay-saying it, but nobody (with any connection to news) asks "what's global warming" any more.