In the midst of what some call an economic meltdown the Outdoor Channel just ran an advertisement for the country of Costa Rica. They showed volunteers out on the sandy beach bagging up sea turtle eggs to be transported to a hatchery. The program has been going on for decades, and has literally brought back the leatherback turtle from the brink of extinction--laudable work that I believe in.
Maybe in the midst of the turmoil there is some altruism out there after all. Maybe that's the only solution we really have in the long run.