TL;DR How do you convince megacorporations to implement ecologic measures when the democratic system is all but effective?
You are in a cyberpunk world with cramed cities spanning over most of 1st world territories. the megacorporations have full control over the economy, and they're aren't particularly cautious with the environment. Which is something you want to change.
With some friends you build up some group to act on that. You had the various phases
At first, you decided to protest in the streets, organise demonstrations, write and distribute pamphlet, organise polls in the streets or online. The whole group was extremely busy, but let's face it, no one cared. Yes your group got larger, but neither the Megacorp changed their ways, nor the government tried to change the policies, and the population at large didn't even paused to look at it.
At the initiative of some of the members of the group, you changed to more radical actions. You followed some actions shown by some Greenpeace at the beginning of the 21st Century. You invaded ships, blocked containers. Protest on the spot to disrupt the work of the corporations. Interrupted meetings and talks, etc. This was accompanied by a strong lobbying with the government, large on-line actions, etc.
That way you got the attention of the population and it seemed to be affecting the corporations enough that they started to notice you at last. Unfortunately that did not turn out so well. If amongst the population, you had a good image, the corporations sent their militia to retaliate. And often violently. Many of your members got arrested by those private militia and held for weeks at a time. Some got pretty beaten up, and some even got killed.
The more extreme of your members decided to fight back. They started eco-terrorrism. Where instead of protests in front of the corporations offices, they used bombs. They systematically blew up properties of the corporations to provoke terrors. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be effective, as the corporations used that pretext to have even stronger units sent to you, and it has turned into a war. And, since the city is full with people and the corporations' buildings are stronger than the neighbouring houses, there are many civilians victims. As a consequence, you are loosing the good impression the population had of you, and their (often passive) support.
You organise a reunion with some more moderate members of the organisation. You are 5, but your aura as one of the original founder of the movement allows you to count on some 50-400 followers, were you to organise things differently. You haven't lost completely track of your ultimate goal, which is to get corporations to enforce some ecologic measure to protect what is left of the environment, fauna and flora, in some remote places of the world.
You are convinced that the key relies on getting a strong support from the population at large. But if the second phase seemed to be the best for that, it was very costly for you.
You are at the meeting, which might be your one chance to actually do something. Some of the participants suggested:
- cyber-hacktivism. Hacking websites and distrupting the online communication of the corporations, etc.
- specialised killing. The bomb-based terror turned the city into a battlefield, and you lose the opinion battle. But how about specialised killings? You could train (and enhanced) yourselves to kill the leaders and managers of the corporations, to bring the fear to them.
- some thousands of years ago, a guy got his revolution started by getting killed in a public place, making himself a martyr. It might be replicated.
- get stronger. Nuclear bombs. Yes people won't like it, but there won't be many to reply to that.
Now is your time to speak, which way are you going to favour? What path would be the most effective to implement ecologic measures at the lowest cost of lives?