How would anarchy deal with global warming? Street thugs? Intestinal blockage? This is a really, really common question among people new to anarchism, and for good reason. One of the main strengths of statism - communism, democracy, dictatorship, what have you - is that it offers a solution. We'll solve global warming through co-ordinated state action, through public awareness programs, through our leader's dictates, and so on. We'll deal with crime by re-educating, by locking up and separating, by simply killing the offenders and so on. When somebody familiar with these philosophies hears about anarchism, that familiar question - what do we do about [random problem] - generally gets no answer or an unconvincing one, like 'we'll let go and see what happens'. Naturally, statism seems to win this round by at least having a plan of action.
However, look at these supposed statist solutions, and (in general) they don't work. A lot of the time, like the way crime is dealt with, these solutions make the problem much worse! Certainly global warming is hardly being, shall we say, arrested by state intervention. Perhaps only the state can solve the problem it's caused by this point, although I suspect that there is no hope and we're all screwed. In any case, it must be recognized that a plan of action is only a merit if it is to some extent effective; that a vague desire to 'do something' about a problem is only praiseworthy if it does not, in fact, create a dozen new problems on the way.