Whens the last time you went to the meetup of a local environmental organization? Or a city council meeting? Or the screening of an Indie documentary? Between our busy lives and the time-suck of social media, weve exchanged conversation for poorly worded e-mails and thumb-upping someone elses viral image. This year, lets go do stuff. Lets talk with people. Lets argue, debate and expand our minds. When we accept a Facebook event invitation, lets actually make an effort to go.
If youve got some to spare, make 2018 the year when you put your money where your mouth is. Posting pictures, signing petitions or sharing stories from your favorite organizations isnt enough. Throw them some money. Your favorite organizations fight back against the status quo 365 days a year. If you like celebrating victories every once in a while, and can afford to, take the next step and give a few dollars to the cause.
No money to spare? That doesnt mean youre doomed to watch from the sidelines. There are plenty of opportunities to organize direct actions in your community. It could be something as small as a movie screening in your living room, or as big as a picket line in front of City Hall. We all have friends and co-workers. We all have access to social media. Google how to organize local action, and youll find a plethora of digital toolkits designed to help you rally the troops and communicate your message.
Do you know the one thing awesome organizations and cooperatives need more than money? People. There was an awesome non-profit bookstore in my town last year, but it had to close. Not because of a lack of books or customers, but because of a lack of volunteers to help with store duties and behind-the-scenes stuff. If theres a service, group or cause that you love and often take advantage of, consider saying thank you by offering your time.
In an effort not to be that person whos constantly criticizing others lifestyle, weve retreated to the point of almost silence. Heres the thing: We NEED to talk about climate change. We NEED to talk about not supporting corporate polluters. We NEED to talk about why organic farming is better for our future than factory farming. Word of mouth is still the best form of marketing. If were not talking to those we care about WHY we avoid the things we do, why even bother making changes? You dont have to be condescending, you just have to be passionate.
All year long we complain, point fingers and fire off angry comments, but how many of us actually get out there and vote on issues when the time comes? Im talking about local issues and local elections. This year, take time to learn the ballot issues in your area. Mark election day on your calendar, and cast your vote.
Buczynski, Beth, Care2, enn.com/health/article/46844, January 2, 2014