The internet has a seemingly limitless supply of media reports that will tell you how bad things are going environmentally.
I used to tune those out because they were so distressing. Now I see them as a necessary wake up call.
But if you just stop there, at all the dire warnings, you may experience feelings of impotence and despair...and just want to tune them out again...
So it is necessary to find the flip side, and to see how the internet can be a tool of action!
There are an INCREDIBLE number of people actively mobilizing to change things. It is heartening to see the energy, motivation, and action being taken on any number of causes. These are all over social media!
(Go find them! Here's a start: @DavidSuzukiFDN @WWFCanada @350Canada @GreenpeaceCA @ecojustice_ca @350 @HuffPostGreen @algore @climatereality @queenofgreen @CANBarrie and the list goes on...)
I wish we saw more of this on the traditional news outlets.
These people/organizations are inspiring. They make you want to say: I can do that. I will do that.
Many of these causes make it easy for you to support them. You can fill out an on-line petition! It will take you two seconds! You will just have to be prepared to give your personal contact information.
You will have to openly, publicly align yourself.
This is a great move for any newbie greenie!
Typing in your name is a bold step, an affirmation, a declaration: "I SUPPORT THIS CALL OF ACTION! And here's my email address, so you know where to find me!"
This can feel invigorating!
I myself have now sent off several of these petitions and it felt great!
I think my local MP knows who I am now. He is not of a party I associate with Eco activism, but his (form?) emails in response to me are always polite. (Looks like I can strike up a conversation at the next local community event with the words: "I'm Julie Johnson, I keep emailing you about environmental concerns via those on-line petitions...")
However, once you do it so many time over, you can feel a little bit like...can I do more? What else can I do?
Also, you can feel splintered, like your activism energy is being diffused across too many causes...there are so many causes...it can start to get to feel overwhelming again...
I think the next step is: finding a focus.
You'll hear more about that in the next blog post!