civic responsibility is a joke,
civilization has always rested on technology/science to propel it forward and to be more civilized
since the mob is mostly primitive, believing in supernatural gods, having faith, and heavily moralistic, they are led like sheep by more manipulative and organized minds funded by wealthy people..
your 'individuals must step up' cry has been heard since time immemorial and will never ever work because it ignores the cause-effect principle of human nature..
do you know how much time is wasted on dead-end rants like yours about how other people should do their duty and how you're a great person? if you want to change something as big as human greed you can't do it by cutting off one head or even a thousand as our environment will grow new heads to take their place until the environment itself is changed.. to do that we need scientific advancement. the only difference between us and our primitive ancestors is the tools and scientific principles we use to collect knowledge and harvest resources, organize resources, distribute them, etc.
of course, the majority of people will continue wasting time yelling at politicians instead of contributing in a real way, simply because misleading criticism like yours is spread as vastly as the medical 'miracles' here on cz