The system of government gets in the country’s way.
The fact that small states have 2 senators just like large states with massive populations, creates gridlock, even when the majority of the population wants something. Then lobbiests take over.
The way out is through grassroots activism. Civil-rights legislation seemed impossible until it wasn’t. Health care legislation seemed impossible until it wasn’t. Activists keep up pressure on media organizations to cover climate change, and on wavering politicians to rethink their opposition to desperately needed reforms and regulations.