This year’s theme for Blog Action Day is the Power of We, as an activist I love this topic. Tackling the world’s problems seems very overwhelming but as the group that is fighting them grows, it starts to look more and more manageable. We all have our talents and can help a group in different ways. I love being apart of activist groups and watching jobs be handed out, no matter how much time people have, how old they are, and what their talents are, everyone can help.
A few years ago a group of my friends decided we wanted to take over a local group that we thought was going in the wrong direction. We organized online and it ended up being very easy as we were the only ones that showed up, ha. We came close to taking over a larger group and even though we couldn’t totally take over we were able to make change. Neither would have happened if only one person had shown up.
About a year ago the recycling coalition I’m a member of helped convince the city to start curbside recycling. Again, if only one of us spoke up and showed up to the city council meeting it wouldn’t have happened, but several of us showed up. We used our different talents, a couple in the group talked to a council member to ask that they at least consider it, a few of us spoke sharing things that we felt were important, each of us had different things to add, and several others showed up to show their support at the council meeting. This group’s effort means I’m currently looking at my curbside bin sitting in my kitchen.
I often hear people say they aren’t involved in social or environmental change because there is no point. But our actions add up, sure if I was the only one using my curbside recycling bin it would be pretty pointless, but I’m not and it does add up. Our city is helping to keep a lot of waste from going to our quickly filling up landfill.
This post is also apart of Feel Good Friday.