Whether people are willing to change their lifestyles or not is irrelevant. Our entire economic system is based upon consumerism and any attempt to change this will be met with fierce resistance by those who's got something to lose. Sadly, these are also the people of extreme wealth and power and what little can we do to challenge them? The products of today aren't meant to last. Seldom is this clearer than when considering the longevity of our many electronic appliances. Most people of today have seemingly accepted that a phone or iPod or whatever lasts for about a year or two before getting sluggish and gradually rendering itself useless. Many so-called "patches" are designed, not primarily to fix the latest release, but to destroy earlier ones. Consumers are forced to renew their products much sooner than they should have to. Another bizarre example is something I saw on the news the other day. The subject was economy vs climate and a member of the Committee on Finance was actually telling the viewers that buying used products from second hand stores was economically irresponsible. The hack of an interviewer naturally let the statement go unchallenged. So I agree with Smuel, albeit for different reasons. This thing we call democracy has little chance of changing the system and placing our hope in a revolutionary force is equally naive. Working within the system, however, I see little chance for solar power or other environment friendly energy sources. Investing in these are just to far sighted, especially considering the massive wealth involved in the whole fossil fuel industry. Short term gain will always be more alluring. Change? Gladly, just not in my lifetime.