'Be the change you wish to see in the world'
Become an ACTIVISt
Social media provides a perfect meeting place for activists, internationally and locally. Act now with Extinction Rebellion 'an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse'. You can also campaign with charitable organisations like Greenpeace, 350.org, WWF, your local Wildlife Trust or Friends of the Earth International.
You can fundraise for your own climate-friendly initiatives, or with Campaign against Climate Change and EarthDay.org. You can volunteer with activists who plant trees or get involved with the UK Youth Climate Coalition. If you seek them, the opportunities are endless.
Petitions shouldn't be used as an lazy alternative to hands-on activism, but they are very useful for spreading awareness online and for gaging the amount of support a cause has. And sometimes they really do make a tangible difference. In 2013 a campaign called on the UK government to keep climate change in the national curriculum. The support of 37,000 citizens made sure that it still is. A petition with nearly 3,613,000 signatures showed world leaders how passionately people around the world care about a shift to clean energy, thereby giving more weight to decisions at the Paris Climate Conference. There are relevant climate-related petitions you might wish to sign below.
Rising Sea levels are already having an impact upon those living on low lying pacific islands. The people living there, who have done the little to exacerbate climate change, are the some of the first to have their homes threatened by rising floods and extreme weather. The Pacific Climate Warriors are calling for more ambitious action on climate change from world leaders. Follow the link to declare your support.
Fight For Our Reef is an initiative of the Australian Marine Conservation Society with almost 300,000 supporters. They work with people across the world to protect the reef along the Queensland coast.
Already they have banned dredge spoil dumping in most of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Areas and stopped mega port expansions, securing protection for untouched coasts. To support further action check out their website.
The Norwegian government is opening up a new oil frontier in the Arctic for the first time in 20 years.
The burning of oil causes climate change and we need to let the Norwegian government know that the people of earth are only interested in green, renewable energy which will not damage the health of the world, nor that of it's citizens.
Start your own petition
Any British citizen can start their own petition to the government. If your petition gets 10,000 signatures the government will respond. If it gets 100,000 the petition will be considered for debate in parliament.
Research has shown that we're much more likely to achieve our goals if we write them down and set a date to them.Sometimes you just need a little push from someone else. Join a local volunteer group, make a target with your family or friends, or just find somebody who will support you who you can also be accountable to.
You could use DearTomorrow; a digital archive project allowing people to share messages with their children, family or future self about their promise to take action on climate change. Messages are shared publicly online to increase motivation and to open up a conversation about why we need act now on climate change.