“Everybody is talking about this issue, why are they not doing anything about it?”
Being an environmentalist, this was something I heard all the time at events like this.
My main issue with this statement is the assumption from the individual that environmental sustainability is everyone’s main priority. The reason they (i.e. the politicians) were not doing anything about ‘it’ was the simple fact that everybody wasn’t talking about this issue (i.e. the environment).
The environmentalist can be quick to judge those not fully behind the cause as selfish, but humans are more complicated than that, with a lack of appreciation that the average man on the street has other conflicting interests and priorities such as work, health, and their families.