We have less than 12 years until we reach a total climate catastrophe… Increased flooding, record-breaking hurricanes, and extreme wildfires are just a few of the things that pose unique threats to our communities, and the entire world for that matter.
Despite what’s often portrayed, in terms of climate change, individual lifestyle changes can only do so much. Major corporations are succeeding in shifting the blame onto consumers and deflecting the damage they’re undeniably causing. They want everyday human beings, like you and I, to feel like this is mess is all our fault…
Don’t get me wrong, individual actions are so important, but if we want to turn this ecological crisis around, we need to be intersectional in our environmental activism, and governments and people with power to make some really drastic changes.
SO, what can YOU do to encourage climate action? Today I’m here with 4 easy, effective and powerful places to start:
JOIN A GROUP
Power to the people!
If you disagree with the actions of your government leaders, one of the most impactful things you can do is to join a group that actively expresses its opposition. Whether it’s local, or something on a larger international scale, don’t ever forget about the impact of collective power.
Here are some of my favourite groups that you can join no matter where you are in the world:
– Earth Protectors
Earth Protectors is a group founded by British lawyer, Polly Higgins, whose team is attempting to bring the law of Ecocide back into the criminal court. This will make any actions which cause extreme damage or destruction to ecosystems, climate and culture, a criminal offence.
Large-scale destruction only continues because it is currently permitted by the law… But you can help change that!
Small island nations at the frontline of climate change already have the power to propose this amendment, all that is needed is expert legal advice which can be provided by the team at Ecological Defence Integrity, and the safety of public support and visibility which is where we come into play!
By joining the movement, you can help fund the legal support required to bring this amendment to international law. All it takes is a minimum 5€ donation, and your name will be listed as a backer.
There are currently more than 8600 declared Earth Protectors from all across the globe, and I’d love to see your name on the list too!
– Extinction Rebellion
“Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse.”
Instead of blaming and shaming or belittling individuals for their actions, Extinction Rebellion is instead striving to use collective power to demand climate action from major political leaders. They want governments to tell the truth, act now to stop the emergency we currently face, and reduce biodiversity loss and greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2020.
Joining Extinction Rebellion will not only give you access to local groups and events, but it will also give you access to the resources needed to make a movement like this successful.
It doesn’t matter how big of a rebel you choose to be, all that is needed is your support and participation – “together we are unstoppable”.
350 is an international movement built by ordinary people working to end fossil fuels and solve the climate crisis. This non-profit organisation doesn’t belive that climate change is just an environmental issue, they believe that it’s a social justice, economic and environmental issue all at once… Hence why it needs to be tackled as such!
This community-led group aims to accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy for all, to stop and ban all oil, coal and gas projects and cut off the social license and financing of fossil fuel companies.
Their online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries. By signing up, you’ll be on the list to receive important movement updates and information straight to your inbox!
As I’ve mentioned many times before, donating is extremely effective… Even more effective than focusing on individual lifestyle changes.
Giving a donation to the cause gives these movements an added boost and helps to fund their endeavours. One time donations are incredibly helpful, yes, but a recurring donation allows the organizations to plan ahead and gives them the constant support that’s required to keep their organization running.
If you can sacrifice anything as little as your $5 coffee once a month, know that you’ll be helping those who have the power to make change, really bring their demands to life.
You could donate to any of the nonprofits mentioned above, but I also recommend that you do your own research and find one that resonates the most with you. There are an abundance of incredible organisations that are fighting for climate justice each and every day.
No matter how big or small, know that your contribution is always deepy appreciated!
If you have something that you want your government representatives to address, there’s no better way to demand that than to contact them directly.
Find the contact details of your prime minister, president, senators, electorate office, local members, other government leaders etc and give them your opinion… Their contact details are there for you to raise your concern, so please don’t take that for granted. All emails are carefully read and considered, but the more that people reach out, the more likely they are to be truly taken on board.
Governments will ultimately listen to the people (well, that’s what we’re demanding anyway), so it’s time for the people to speak up and call for climate action!
VOTE FOR THE PLANET!
Be a climate voter. Vote like your life depends on it, because honestly… It does!
“If Australians want to play a serious role in fixing the greatest challenge we’ve ever faced, this may be about the last election where people retain enough leverage to make a real difference”
This is one of the most (if not the most) important things individuals can do to make a real difference. Individual changes will not solve this ecological crisis without the help of government leaders, so please make sure that whoever you choose to vote for is willing to make some drastic changes for the health of the planet.
Check the climate policies of all political parties and cast your vote wisely. Learn how to vote properly so that it counts (no donkey votes please), spread the word far and wide, and do your best to make this a climate election in every sense of the word.
This is exactly what elections are for… It’s our opportunity to choose a leader that’s got our future in mind. The time is now!
Oh and one more thing…
Be actively anti-racist. Racial justice = Climate justice.