I shared an article on Facebook yesterday - from National Geographic, about how the search for the missing Malaysian plane has shown us how much garbage is in the ocean. On the post I wrote "Okay, so now what ARE we going to do about it?"
A friend of mine commented "Exactly! Enough postings about the state of our world. What can we do?" In asking a question, and getting a question in response, that friend of mine made me take responsibility for the question I posed, and I actually thought about it for a second. What CAN we do about it?
Normally I'd say "hang your laundry, drive a hybrid, grow some vegetables, learn to sew, etc., ad nauseum". But why start from scratch in your own back yard when there are large organizations working tirelessly to fight for change?
So my answer to her was "You know what immediately comes to mind? Find a good activist group and support them financially. 350.org, for instance. Also, support people who research and write about the topic by buying their books. Our individual environmental actions do little (although are still important), so supporting and helping to advertise for powerful action groups seems a good idea."
I would seriously suggest researching companies, non-profits and activists who are already doing a good job at trying to change laws. And I would put my money behind them (as well as doing what you can in your daily life to reduce waste and consumption).
Support the big boys who are already tirelessly working on this. Because YOU can do very little (you are 1/7,000,000,000th of the problem*). But if we all do a little, it becomes a lot. And if you see that your contribution is helping to make a change, it might make you feel better.
I intend to do this now - a monthly contribution to 350.org.
Here are some other organizations you might consider supporting:
There are excellent resources out there to help you wade through all of this if you so desire:
https://www.skepticalscience.com (at this link you can see the first episode of "Years of Living Dangerously)
And there are a lot more.
Or you may just want to donate money, do what you can, and let other people worry about it - because this IS an overwhelming problem.
*I'm making a point here, I know those of us in the rich parts of the world are bigger parts of the problem, so don't harp on me for that.)