Last year at this time, other prominent environmental bloggers like Alex were saying things like "Earth Day has become a ritual of sympathy for the idea of environmental sanity. Small steps... are of such minor impact (compared to our ecological footprints) that they are essentially meaningless without larger, systemic action as well." Dave said "Yup. The time for "small steps" is long past. It's time for people to wake the hell up." Others say "Small steps lead to education and awareness and that leads to votes and votes lead to change."