What to do when facing the apocalyptic doom – Acting on Climate Change
In the previous blog post, I wrote about, why people still have a hard time grasping the reality of climate change. This post covers what you can do to take action, once you’ve accepted that climate change is a real thing.
First of all, consult your local Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, and Don’t panic. Panicking never helped anybody.
If your house is one big mess after a new years party, what do you do? You take an aspirin, breath, and you say to yourself: ‘Ok, it’s bad, but I can do it, I just need to decide where to start.’ And once you’ve decided, you start.
At some point doing this, you might feel like giving up. ‘Oh my, this is worse than I expected! And look, someone spilled wine on the walls, how did that happen??’
You feel like giving up again, like the problem is only getting bigger the more you work at it. But it’s not really getting bigger, is it?
The problem is the same, you just gain more knowledge about it.
And even though you may now also need to gain knowledge about how to get wine of walls, you are handling the problem. You are acting; you are chipping away at the situation even though the problem seems excruciatingly large.
Actionables! –What can you do, right now?
So what can you do?
Facebook algorithms don’t reach far. You only see what your peers see, and the only people who are blessed with your updates, are people like you. This means that sharing things on Facebook, has a very limited reach, meaning a limited effect.
Instead, sign petitions, and join talks and demonstrations. Go to globalclimatemarch.org to find a climate march near you.
The most effective thing you can do is get political. If it means signing partitions, then do that. If it’s sending emails to your local politicians do that.
Oh, and Danes, the e-mail address for the Danish parliament is email@example.com, should you feel like sending them an email or 10.000.
Attend social mixers about the subject. It’s a great way to meet new and interesting people.
I recommend you start by finding the people, who are already chipping away at the problem, and then team up with them. Hell, you can even make a game out of it. There’s power in numbers, and just like cleaning up after a new years party is easier if you 5 people instead of 1, taking on an environmental cause (or social cause for that matter), is easier if you’re a group.
These are simple things you can do to act on climate change, and environmental issues.
As I send you off into the world of environmental doom, remember this:
- Don’t panic
- Aim your firepower in the most effective direction by joining forces with others and/or getting political
- You’ve got this
Please tell me in the comments, what you do to chip away at an environmental problem. I want to learn more about the many different creative ways people take action.
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