“The opposite of love
is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” ~ Elie Wiesel
I have a challenge for you, dear readers – I want you to embrace your Inner Activist.
If you seek a more spiritual
Follow your passions, contribute your energy, act!
What do you care about? Bigger things like global warming, plastic use reduction, clean energy, racism, gun control, equality for all, safe food, clean water and air, social justice, access to education, health care, families, elder care, human rights, animal rights, saving wild spaces and species? Smaller things like protecting an old tree from property developers, saving your local library, recording oral histories from elderly community members, teaching migrants to read and write, stopping a local beach from eroding, cleaning up your local waterways, petitioning for public toilets to be installed at the park near you, getting disabled or pram-friendly access for public transport, making drinking fountains available in the inner city. People like you have changed the world, because they cared and because they dared to become involved.
There is no time to stand by and wait for someone else to fix things. We need to stand up for the things that we value and speak out against the injustices, inequalities and issues that go against our values.
Your voice matters. Contributing to the conversations and actions that can change the world matters. Please don’t think that someone else will fix things. Don’t count on governments, politicians, big business and global organisations. Real change always comes from grass-roots movements, from many people adding their individual energy to create momentum and progress and measurable outcomes.
Many of us were brought up to believe that it is rude to speak up, to make waves, to make others uncomfortable or to rock the boat. We’ve been taught that it’s better not to get involved, not to make ourselves a target, not to ruffle feathers. And that’s how injustice and inequalities flourish. Indifference and lack of action are actually a silent condoning of the things you fail to speak up about or act upon. Of course, I advocate personal safety always! But if it’s safe to speak up then do so.
Define what activism means for you. For some
Can’t find the courage yet to use your voice? That’s okay. Support a person or group whose voice you believe in. Follow them on social media. Give financial or other support if you can. There are already so many good people in the world doing great work. The more you look and realise that’s true the more hopeful you’ll become.
Being an activist is simply being a good citizen of the world – one who cares about the community around us and the planet that sustains us. We are the change that the world needs. It’s us! No-one else is coming to save us or our planet. The power is already in you. I urge you to use it, just as Greta Thunberg, a
Biggest hugs and love, Nicole ❤ xx
9 thoughts on “Embrace Your Inner Activist”
Thankyou ! I have been raging about our local creek pollution this week ,and have spoken to local council,who did send out a man to look who all but patted me on the head .I am furious. People say they have looked, its ok ,but I know a creek should not smell of burnt plastic?soot, nor should it be black. There happens to have been a car accident just upstream, The car was on fire.Is it possible this is the source? Oh well.. it will rain soon and flush it out..INTO THE OCEAN..grr
Well said and something to think about
Timely post as I become more proactive leading up to ‘Fashion Revolution’ week 22-28th April #whomademyclothes #livingwage #sustainabilityinfashion
Everyone needs to ask these questions every single time they buy ‘fast fashion’ in particular. It’s unsustainable both environmentally & socially
Thanks Nicole. That has sent an arrow into my heart. Time to do something. Beyond time! It feels daunting and I don’t know where to start but start I will. Much love to the world and our children. xxSimone
Well said Nicole. Change happens because other people notice someone trying to improve lives and decides to join them. There is a great little video called “Dancing Man”. https://bit.ly/2SqNVD2 In under 3 minutes it shows how a movement it born. You don’t have to start things but if you see someone doing something you like, join in and we all benefit.
Fran, what a great share! Thank you. I just loved this video, and for anyone reading the comments it’s well worth watching. It shows how movements don’t just need a leader. They need followers and in fact it’s those early followers who truly start the movement. Thanks again, Fran, and big hugs and love to you xx
Thank you for this. We have just become involved with Extinction Rebellion here in Cornwall and went to an amazing and scary talk last week. Greta Thunberg is wonderful and inspirational. She’s stirring up the world which is just what we all need.
We sure do need that stir up! Thanks for being part of it and lending your voice and energy xx