If Not You, Who?
It is easy to feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes to climate change and to ask yourself if it is really going to make a difference if you switch from a plastic bottle of shampoo to a shampoo bar. Well, yes.
The answer is always "YES".
Did you know that it only takes 3.5% of the population to get on board for a movement to take off? So it doesn't really take that many of us to get the ball rolling. A small minority can change the world.
That statistic - from research on civil disobedience by Erica Chenoweth, a political scientist at Harvard University - inspired Extinction Rebellion's protests last year.
So never feel that your contribution is insignificant.
We wrote in an earlier blog how much we like to have conversations with different people and organisations on combating climate change and one of the best things about our workshops is seeing everyone chatting, always keen to encourage each other and to pass on tips and ideas.
There is so much to learn and it is so good to feel part of something bigger. You might want to join an established group, or you might want to start your own informal group of eco-buddies. Getting together, whether in a formal setting or informally, will really inspire you to do more.
You can then influence others. Use peer pressure in a good way so everyone in your various social circles knows what you are doing and wants to join you.
Maybe there is not a group local to you, or not one that meets at a time convenient to you (obviously, meetings and get-togethers are happening online at the moment). Maybe someone needs to start one.