Change is bottom up rather than from the ruler.
Too many people expect that change will come from the decision maker at the top over environmental issues, but as can be seen little progress has been made. Most people are looking in the wrong direction for the change when it begins with self and the community. The decision maker has a self-interest to maintain the status quo, but also are under the control of powerful and wealthy influences who have no interest in the welfare of you, your community or the environment. Ironically if the decision maker wanted to make a difference in the environment they could only do so if you agreed to assist them, in fact they have limited ability to make changes, the change is with self and the community.
Each ruler, corporate or group exists because they are supported by individuals, if they had no support they would go extinct. The individual stakeholder has great influence by withdrawing their support from those that harm people and nature, and giving support to those that are beneficial.
As an individual you can make dozens of immediate changes in your life and home that benefits the environment and your community. You can buy local, recycle, provide food and nesting sites for animals in your garden. You can eat healthy, eliminate the television, show a positive example of change to others in all you do and say. There is so much as an individual you can do, multiplied by millions of people to create a tsunami of change, the sum of all the small changes in self, life and home.
As an individual you also have a direct influence over any environmental assets in your community, the rivers, forests and parks, plus all the animals and plants that inhabit them. In your community you are a steward of all your local environmental assets. Do you know where your environmental assets are? Have you visited them? Are they under threat? Can you enhance them as part of a group? Knowledge of your community environmental assets is vital, and working as a group to make sure no outsider does harm to your rivers, forests and parks is where you can make a significant difference. It won’t be the ruler, it will be the communities who make the difference to the environment by looking after their own environmental assets just as they are doing in Namibia.