I'm Alex from Australia. A couple of years ago I watched the documentary "Earthlings" which is about how animals are treated and used in this culture, I was so shocked and horrified not even half way through and went vegan that day. I couldn't understand how in our civilized society something that terrible could be going on.
It was the first thing that put the thought in my head, that something is very, very wrong.
I came across the brilliant writings of Derrick Jensen and everything I read just clicked and made so much sense.
Growing up in a city leaves me with virtually no useful skills (besides reading and arts) but I'll just do my best with what I have. My best friend is also very aware that civilization is bad, and is going to self destruct and destroy everything in it's path. But she jumps between 'going to do something' and a kind of 'ignorance is bliss' or maybe to put it better 'distractions are bliss' state of mind.
I left school a few months ago (after reading "The Teenage Liberation Handbook" By Grace Llewellyn.) because really the education system is so stupid and soul sucking. Going to school while you're totally against the whole way it works and the whole system in general is not fun.
Oh, and I'm not vegan anymore. Done a lot of learning since then.