If you are crazy enough to watch mainstream news, you will be forgiven for thinking that we are all heading towards a bloody end of days. Global warming out of control, plastic pollution filling the oceans and a population that continues consuming all as it grows exponentially. Feeling despair yet?
But what if there was something you could do to help fix all these problems. Just you… all on your own?
Read behind the headlines and you start to notice that perhaps there is a chance. Read a little further and you notice that change we need, is usually created by just one person. Someone, just like you or me, who instead of just watching decided to start doing.
Still don’t believe that just one person can make any difference? Here are some of the regular people who give me the inspiration to make a change.
In 2013, Roman Peter was living in Thailand for a while. He started to notice the trash problems endemic to the Islands and wanted to do something about it. So he did.
Trash Hero is now a global organisation with 42 official chapters in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, China, Czech Republic, the United States, Singapore and Switzerland. Until November 2016, over 21’000 volunteers worldwide have participated in over 1000 events.
Also in 2013, Jason Huang and his friend Daniel Gruber were living in Taiwan.
Together they created an organisation called ReThink. They have now cleaned over 65 beaches with 14,000 volunteers and more than 600 tonnes of garbage.
A little more than 30 years ago, a teenager named Jadav “Molai” Payeng began burying seeds along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in northern India’s Assam region to grow a refuge for wildlife. Not long after, he decided to dedicate his life to this endeavour, so he moved to the site so he could work full-time creating a lush new forest ecosystem. Incredibly, the spot today hosts a sprawling 1,360 acres of jungle that Payeng planted — single-handedly.
Even multi-national organisations, such as Greenpeace, started somewhere. In 1971, Irving Stowe and Dorothy Stowe, started a movement to “ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity.”
Now, more than 50 years later, Greenpeace is a powerful organisation fighting environmental causes with over 2000 staff and millions of supporters.
It really is up to you!
“A journey of a thousand miles starts under one’s feet.”
So start today. Do something big, do something small it doesn’t matter. Just do something and you will find that the world can change for the better.
Visit our Sustainable Living Toolkit for more ideas on what to do