“Our house is on fire. I am here to say, our house is on fire. ... I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.” — Greta Thunberg
First, take it seriously — realize it's probably more important than remodeling your bathroom! Realize that if you sit back and wait for others to “take care of it”, it's quite possibly going to kill your children. Seriously. If you've been paying attention — not distracted by our head-in-the-sand counterparts — you probably already realize that.
But on the other hand, if you let it overwhelm, it can paralyze you into doing little or nothing. So what can you do? There are two main ways to act: personal and political.
By personal, we mean rethinking your personal priorities to create a more people- and planet-friendly lifestyle. First, stop flying gratuitously, it's murderous. Even the Washington Post says so. Reduce your driving as much as possible. Either indiscriminate driving becomes a thing of the past ...or you will. Relocalize.
Your shopping and financial choices are also important. Do you buy factory farmed food any more than necessary? Do you work for a car or oil company — when if you really put your mind to it, you could break away and do something much better with your life?
By political, we mean anything from supporting environmental groups, to forming a local group, volunteering, and supporting positive, genuine political change.
Don't let it feel overwhelming — it's positive and life-affirming. Waking up isn't always easy... but it's better than staying in bed forever. Think about it. Redoing your bathroom isn't going to save your life or your children. But dedicating yourself to the fight against climate change... could do just that. You don't have to “do it all”. Nobody can. But if you care about your loved ones... it's time to act.
Take your pick — but get started now!
“Today we use 100 million barrels of oil every single day...There are no rules to keep that oil in the ground... the rules have to be changed.” — Greta Thunberg
Climate Change Organizations & Environmental Groups
Greta Thunberg — TED Talk:
“The question is not 'can you make a difference?' You already do make a difference. It's just a matter of what kind of difference you want to make, during your life on this planet.” — Julia Butterfly Hill
“What at first can feel like sacrifice... can end up being the best thing you've done with your life. What will you do with your life, at this crucial time in history?” — Wilfred Bricker
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The future will be what you contribute to and create.” — Greg
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Current status: Open/apply now. Date posted: Apr 8 2019 ID: 53019