What did I find? I found wonderful YouTube videos (which tend to be the most motivating) to engage us in making changes. But I found that it isn’t so simple.
Change comes on two levels – individual acts and systemic changes. We need to be part of both! What we do individually is definitely important, but the real bang goes to joining in the “movement” which is happening all around us to produce systemic change in our society.
Greta Thunberg said, “No one is too small to make a difference. Don’t forget that.”
1. Our Individual Actions:
Please do watch the 16-minute Ted Talk on the power of what we buy called responsible consumerism.
How to Save the Earth with 5 Minutes a Day
of Responsible Consumerism
Shaun Frankson, TEDxStanleyPark
This Talk brings to life the power of the growing social media movement and how it can make a positive change in what we buy and how we can influence corporations. "It can take anywhere from 18 to 254 days for a person to form a new habit and an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic." Pick an activity to change - and do it until it becomes a habit. Many ideas are out there, especially as you continue to read Mother Earth Love tidbits.
Watch this 8-minute video by Earthwise on how to become involved in “systemic change”
by joining the movements that are all around us.
What You Can Do About Climate Change
Earthwise: The Breakdown, Episode Five
Movements in our community and state are many, including the Mt. Pleasant Citizens Climate Lobby, The Sierra Club, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation, Chippewa Watershed Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, and many more. Join others who are on the same path.
Submitted by Karen Turnbull, with inspiration from the Social Justice Coordinating Team of UUFCM.