Here we are doing a thousand small things to help change the future, and that's all well and good, but meanwhile there's a real life crisis going on right now. 70% of Venezuela's power comes from hydroelectric dams. A drought this year has depleted energy production by 40%. The government has mandated electricity rationing and started a campaign of replacing light-bulbs using the military (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8543469.stm
), but the water is very quickly dropping to the point where the turbines are no longer going to work. It's already significantly affecting the country's economy. Venezuela produces quite a bit of petroleum, and measures are underway to start using more of it to produce electricity. Which means less is exported. Which means that at least in America, gas will be more expensive in a couple years. http://world-countries.net/archives/16839 I'd rather not promote an America-centric worldview, even though I'm sure it pervades my thinking, but I'm trying to convey that this crisis in Venezuela affects the world around it. And if you're wealthy enough to have access to this site, it probably will affect you personally eventually.
So spread the word! Devise short term fixes and follow up with long term solutions! Who has ideas? Develop them, drum up funding. Who is willing to go to Venezuela and help? Who is willing to put their money where their mouth is?
Or are you all just as cowardly as I am?
EDIT: Please discuss at http://www.urgentevoke.com/forum/topics/energy-crisis-in-venezuela