‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo.’
‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’”
– JRR Tolkein, Lord of the Rings
The headlines are full of scary images and statistics. Wildfires. Hurricanes. Collapsing ice shelves. Uprisings and protests. All made worse by the surreality of this damned pandemic.
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been sleeping well. Or, you know, at all.
Our governments sit on their collective hands and do nothing, or worse, actively roll back progress. Social media has become a doomscroll; a toxic soup of negativity, conspiracy theories, and snark. The future seems uncertain.
The problems seem so BIG. It’s hard to know where to even start. What can I do? Is there any hope?
In my heart of hearts, I believe there is. Here’s why: When I started actively looking for the little glimmers of light in the darkness, looking beyond the headlines, I discovered that there are people trying to fix this.
Hundreds of thousands of people all around the world, just like you and me, who have rolled up their sleeves and are doing something. Taking action in their homes. In their places of work. In their communities.
But they can’t do it alone. None of us can. It’s time for all us to link up and start pushing hard in the same direction.
This isn’t about activism anymore. It’s about action. On this blog I’ve called it ecoaction, but it’s really about All The Problems. Because they’re all interconnected of course.
You. Can. Make. A. Difference.
Let’s find out how, together.
What will follow this post is a series of posts about practical actions you can take right now, today, tomorrow, and the next day. Some of them will be easy, some of them will be harder, some will be free, and some of them will take money. But they will all be things you can do. We’ll take it one step at a time.
Your first action? Share this post. On Facebook, on Twitter, by email. Share it everywhere you can think of. Encourage them to subscribe to the blog. Let’s get as many people as possible on board. Comment below to let me know you’ve done it!
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