Like the majority of young citizens, and especially the majority of environmentally minded young citizens, in the 2012 election I voted for Obama. I considered voting Green Party, but I decided that in today’s political environment that it would be a wasted vote. This view may have been wrong, but that is a discussion for another time. Like much of the environmental community however, I have been frustrated and a little disappointed in the lack of a real push from the President towards environmental progress. It seemed (and this should not be surprising when discussing politicians) that Obama was much more environmentally minded during the campaign than he has been post-election. Even with these frustrations with our current president, I still find myself wary of the idea of a complete institutional makeover or something similar. In my mind the most important goal of the current environmental movement should be to achieve results as fast as possible, and working within the current political system seems the best option. What frightens me about an institutional make over is not the concept itself, I agree that our current system is not very well designed to handle environmental issues and that it has many flaws. What frightens me about an institutional makeover is how difficult it would be to achieve. The possibility of such a massive undertaking failing completely is very real, and even if it were too succeed, it would take an extremely long time. In my mind, we simply do not have the time; the environmental problems are too urgent already and are getting more urgent every day. Ignoring these problems for the amount of time it would take to achieve an institutional makeover is not the best course of action in my opinion.