Change The World From Your Chair
The world changes at a rapid pace, and just when you think things are on the verge of getting better, if you are a mindful person who reads any type of news you’re likely to feel a bit flattened again. Being aware of what is going on, in the oceans, in politics, and with people is very important. Awareness can be the guide for living your life in a more open, world-changing, kinder way. That said it is easy to become overwhelmed with all of the different causes and calls to action. Eventually, we have to look at what matters to us. Making an impact is no longer chaining yourself to a build, although that is probably reasonably effective (and likely illegal), you can do it all from your chair.
The first thing you should do is research the topics that mean something to you. This could be poverty in your own neighborhood, it might be the wildlife going extinct slowly but surely. It could be a significant shift in politics in the last couple of years. Whatever it is, there are spaces where you can deep dive into information and see where you can support and make a change. Politics is one of the most significant factors when it comes to impact. If you are light on knowledge, then you can head to Change The Rules to educate and participate. The more you know about specific topics and situations the more capable you will be to make a real and lasting impact.
Social media is the great conversation. A continuous news cycle – the good, bad, ugly and the often untrue. But, it has also allowed people all over the world to share their reality. When the attacks happened in France, people could mark themselves as safe and offer safety to others. Petitions can get shared to millions in a matter of minutes and gather the appropriate amount of signatures to be heard. Platforms like JustGiving give a platform to average people in need of an assistant. A simple share of a well-formed argument with supporting links can prompt people to take action. The bonus also being that there will be a facebook group entirely populated of people who care about the same things that you do. Sharing is caring and in some cases life-saving.
Your money makes a big difference. If you are a bit of an online shopper, let’s say you use Amazon a lot then switch and use Amazon Smile, which donates 0.5% of your purchase to your chosen charity – everyone wins here. Or you might opt to purchase items that are dedicated to specific charities. Not only are you giving them much needed donations, but you will be a walking advert by carrying those goods around – bonus. You can also choose to support small businesses only, cruelty-free brands, vegan brands or those that are eco-friendly. Use your cash to make a statement and put revenue where it belongs.
From climate change to child poverty, you can make a difference from your living room.