by Mark Hertsgaard
The past twenty years demonstrate that appealing mainly to the conscience of world leaders does not work. Instead one must change those leaders’ political calculations—making them as afraid of an aroused public as they are of the narrow interests behind the status quo. There are various ways to do that, from voting politicians out of office to marching in the streets. But whatever form it takes, there is no substitute for mass political action if we hope to turn this sinking ship around in time.