I set the example first by re-wilding/naturalizing my suburban ½ acre by hand because it is infinitely better than relying on gas power tools. Very few nearby residents do any organic gardening or re-wilding at all, but they like to look at my rain gardens.
Now the home next door is going on the market and I am sure of the potential win-win result if someone else into foregoing the mow/blow/go method moves in.
I believe this trend can grow exponentially, one (often over-entitled) land owner at a time.
So what do I do now?