So almost all the educated people of this world are aware of the crisis we are going through and that the worst is yet to come, unless we hit the brakes to our careless attitude. And we need to hit the brakes very hard. We must understand where we have got ourselves; yes we, it's not our ancestors who did this damage and not even your neighbor, you are equally responsible as any one else on this earth. You surely doubt that don't you. So you feel you are innocent. Shall we check its validity?
Do you drive your car on a regular basis to a place within 1-2 km of distance and where you can avoid it (now don't ask me where all you can and where you cannot)?
Do you make a little extra effort to ensure that the lights in vacant rooms are not switched on? Or do you ensure that your TV or any gadget for that matter are not in a stand by mode for very long? They might be running on a battery, but that battery is charged from the very same source which is now fast depleting.
DO you ensure that no tap in your house is leaking or running without purpose?
Do you cut on the use of paper when possible?
Do you think twice before discarding a non bio-degradable thing on to barren land?
Do you think often of this crisis?
Most importantly, how often have you tried to analyse how you can help?
I don't need to say anything more about your fault. The answers to these question will convince at least 99% of the readers that they, too, are responsible for this crisis.
So how can we change it?
Firstly, know about what is going on around you. Some facts might seem irritating but they are keys to changing the globe. For example, a large percentage of electricity is lost without actually being used. No, I'm not talking about the loss in transmission, but the loss of energy due to keeping your devices on the stand by mode. If that doesn't shake you, I know what will. "Every watt of energy wasted is also going out from someone's pocket and that might be yours if you are careless enough."
Secondly, try and avoid using vehicles as much as possible. Say, you have a shopping mall 1 km away from your house, so do you actually NEED to use the car? The answer in most cases is a straight no (here I definitely can't change the answer if you excuse yourself by saying that you get tired after work but still take out time to go to gym). And what more, keep your vehicles in a good condition. If saving the environment seems too big a cause for spending the time and money to get it serviced properly, face this; a well serviced and groomed motor-vehicle will in all cases use lesser fuel than one which is not serviced regularly.
I guess to begin with, its sufficient to follow these steps besides those that you extract from the questions I posed to you.
Lets face it, the leaders of this world cannot change the state just by making some laws. We need to respect the laws which will happen only if we respect the environment and not the vice-versa