Why Should I Do This?
“I’m not a scientist, and I’m not a climate change expert. So, what gives me the right to be an activist?”
You’re a citizen of this planet, and climate issues affect you every day. You ought to be concerned enough to speak out on issues happening in your home.
You have a right to live in a plastic-free land with clean water and air, and risk-free from natural disasters provoked by climate change.
Governments should be held accountable for what communities are suffering and what we will suffer in the future. A culture of silence is no longer welcomed.
Look inwards: What’s your relationship with nature? How are you coexisting with the elemental forces that give you life? Why are you separating yourself from the environment when you are the environment?
I’m the first generation of Gen-Z adults living in Mexico City.
Here the sun seldom visits us. When we crave the light, smog is there to decorate the sky. I’m only 20 years old, and climate change is my present and most likely future.
We owe our voice to future generations.
If you have the privilege to speak up, you must do so. The system undervalues the power of your voice for a good reason. If you don’t believe that your actions transcend into a global effort, our current system wins.
Humanity’s greatest strength is compassion. Let’s use that!
Speak Up: Ask Institutions To Divest From Fossil Fuels
Google to find your city’s senator of finances, contact your bank, local college, religious institutions, and other organizations. Send them an email to let them know your silence is over. Tell someone you did and why.
Click for email templates to your school, pension fund, church, or let these guide you to write your own. It’s time to invest in the sustainable energy industry. Here is a break-up letter to your bank, or if you’re unable to break-up use this example, and here is a list of global banks investing in fossil fuels.
Copy, paste, change a few words depending on your country, and press send. Reach out and tell them to divest. If we get rid of fossil fuels, new plastics will be out of the way.
And, if you want to write your own letter to make it even more personal, use these tips from APA to send emails to your government.
It takes one person, one voice. If you and I do this, we will turn it into a global movement.
Do what you can to reduce plastic in your life, reduce your carbon emissions, and don’t be afraid to raise your voice against injustices. For now, all I can hope is that our global efforts will bring back those pure blue skies that have been missing for a long time.