It’s Time To Get Activist
37. Watch an environmental documentary to help get you fired up. Here’s a list to get you started.
38. Vote. If you are fortunate enough to live in a country where you have the right to vote (democracy sausage anyone?), then you have a responsibility to make your vote count. You may not always like the overall outcome, the people fighting for the planet rarely do. But your vote can give more seats to those who are fighting for environmental justice.
39. Take part in a rally or protest. If the recent Extinction Rebellion protest in London is anything to go by (the UK declared a climate emergency), then join a climate action protest. A recent study by Harvard showed that nonviolent campaigns are twice as likely to achieve their goals as violent campaigns. And although the exact dynamics will depend on many factors, it takes just 3.5% of the population actively participating in the protests to ensure serious political change.
40. Write letters. If Fashion Revolution has taught us anything, it’s that if enough of us tell those in a position of power you’re not happy with how they operate, they will eventually listen. The Climate Council have an excellent resource to help you write an effective letter to your MP here.
41. Create change in your workplace. Resources, energy use, waste, and indoor air quality, are all areas that can be improved upon for a sustainable workplace. If you see areas that can be improved, speak to your boss about evaluating and addressing your workplace’s environmental impact.
42. Volunteer. Environmental NGO’s rely heavily on volunteers to help promote their campaigns. Street campaigning, event management, lectures, petitions, protests, fundraising, political lobbying, coalition work, handling the local media, or running a local campaign. Sound like something you’d be good at? Reach out to your local branch; all it will cost you is time.
43. Show your support. If you don’t have time to volunteer, show your support by turning up to the events they organise.