It seems this world is pretty hopeless these days on so many levels. As someone who cares very deeply about the eroding state of our environment and climate change, I can get pretty distraught and If there is one thing I loathe though, it’s feeling powerless.
The one thing I can do to make my voice be heard is to write. I am several email activist lists that regularly send out alerts when an issue is being considered on a national state and local level. Usually two or more times a week I get a call for action from National Resources Defense Council and/or Oregon Wild which are environmental lobby organizations. My information is on auto-fill so all I need to do is click on a link, click a few boxes, and then hit send and I am good. Local organizations I am involved with need more of a time commitment- maybe 10 minutes or so to draft a letter or make a phone call.
Once a month or so I am a 5-minute activist taking the time to either call or write corporations urging them to produce more environmentally friendly products. For example, I contacted Coca- Cola with my concerns about their plastic packaging. I have called Proctor & Gamble about their dearth of environmentally friendly products and packaging and their leveling of virgin boreal forests in Canada for toilet paper.
I know that there is that argument “why bother”? My argument is “why not bother?” If enough people speak out change will happen. By not speaking out it’s like saying I am OK with things as they are- I am complicit. The time commitment to voice my opinion is negligible and at least I feel better by doing something.
If you are interested in becoming a 30-second activist, here is a list of 35 environmental organizations you can hook up with.