Want to Change the World?

Even if you can’t manage to get out of your house, you are not alone. There are so many of us! So, start your own thing, or (usually easier) join in with some cool folks who are already well down the path toward making real change. Choose the scale that works for you. Here are a few links to get you started, if, like me, you usually don’t know where to start.

Don’t even leave home

Just hang those clothes outside to dry instead of using the dryer. Not sure how to get started? Your local purveyor of hardware can probably set you up, or check out LineDry.com for inspiration.

Go local

In my community, we have Daily Acts, which makes change by teaching about practical solutions: school gardens, greywater systems, rainwater catchment, permaculture (yes, that is my favorite word) installations. They are inspiring as an example of how a few motivated people can get more people involved and end up making a huge difference.Here’s their mission: Daily Acts fulfills a critical role in promoting positive examples to inspire vision, hope and action. Our work is grounded in the principle that simple, mindful choices significantly enrich our lives and world. Citizens and leaders easily become overwhelmed by the diversity and scale of our ecological and social crises. By highlighting amazing people and efforts that demonstrate sustainability, we share the powerful relationships, skills and tools needed for healthy lives and a resilient world. We support sustainability pioneers, empower emerging leaders to share their stories and enable engaged citizens to make bold changes for care of self, people and planet.

Take on the Big Fight

I adore the organizers at 350.org because they manage to be so inclusive of people willing and able to give such varying degrees of commitment to the climate struggle. They are, in their own words, “building a global movement to solve the climate crisis.” They… actually, I should say “we.” I’m not an organizer, but I’ve gotten more and more involved with 350.org, everything from having a few neighbors over to learn about connections between weather and climate, to tabling at our local harvest festival, to flying to D.C. to get arrested at the White House. You can do email activism, lay your body on the line (non-violently, of course), or anything in between, and through 350.org, you can connect your actions to those of millions of other people around the world who are fighting for the same things.

Get Smart

When I want to get some information from a trusted source, I go to ewg.org (Environmental Working Group). Their team works to “expose threats to your health and the environment, and to find solutions.” You can find out about anything from the ingredients in your shampoo to how much radiation your cell phone emits to which kinds of meat have a greater carbon footprint (lamb). And they don’t just focus on the bad news, they work to make the news better.

Get even smarter (as if that were possible)

The Union of Concerned Scientists (ucsusa.org) describes themselves as “citizens and scientists for environmental solutions.” Want a better understanding of U.S. food or energy policy, along with links to actions you can take to improve them both? Check out their site, and while you’re at it, give them some money to fund more research. Plus, they will send you a “got science?” sticker if you take their global warming quiz.

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