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I'm very alarmed and have been since learning about the idea of extinction in my childhood. I see my close friends shaking their heads about what's happening but then acting out their own laziness on a daily basis in the most basic ways... leaving lights on, not recycling, idling their cars with the air or heat on before getting in. I too make donations to environmental causes and I am actively involved on a local level. My view is that if those of us who are alarmed get involved in our communities we will have a larger overall effect. It's too much for me to think about the global consequences, so I break it down realizing that lots of local action adds up to global action.