This article is from the Sierra Club FAQ, by Dan Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org.
I suggest you get something going. The "they" that you refer to has to start
with you, man. Got a problem with . . ., then take action. Make a few calls,
get people interested. Don't wait for "them" to fight your battles.
[I might add it's better to ask "What can *I* do to stop . . ." rather than
"Why don't you work on stopping . . ." Call your chapter for suggestions
and see if anybody else is working on the issue you're interested in. - ed]
(Thanks to John Schmidt for this answer)