Lately I've been feeling:
Scared by the magnitude and gathering speed of the impacts of climate change. (In my city, we've just suffered through a week of smoke haze and hazardous air pollution levels due to nearby bushfires.)
Increasingly afraid that we can't do anything to stop it.
Losing momentum now that the global climate strikes and spring protests are over (...and everything feels the same).
Tired, so tired.
How about you?
The best antidote for despair is action. And the best way to use positive energy is action. So regardless of where you sit on the feelings spectrum right now, here are three tiny things you can do in the next five minutes in service of changing the world for good.
Three tiny actions
1. Subscribe to the New York Times Climate Fwd newsletter.
Why? For regular prods to remember that climate change matters, and stay in the loop about new developments from a wider-than-just-Australian perspective.
Yes, it can be a little USA-centric, but NY Times is globally aware and much of what they share in their Climate Fwd newsletter is relevant and/or interesting. It's a quick and easy weekly reminder in your inbox to keep climate issues on your personal agenda, and to hear what's happening about it in the rest of the world.
2. Follow Byron Smith on facebook.
Why? Because in order to live with integrity, we need to know the truth.
Byron is a public figure and you can follow his profile and see all his posts without friending him. He shares articles and insights about climate change, humanitarian issues, Australian politics and police brutality. I am confronted and convicted by his posts on the daily. Byron is a Christian whose faith motivates him to stand up against injustice, care for all life on earth, and call out our Prime Minister - who claims the same faith. Please PLEASE follow, read and share. It's so important.
3. Install Ecosia as your browser's default search engine (or just go to ecosia.org to search).
Why? Because using it is a zero-effort way to trigger tree-planting.
Ecosia donates minimum 80% of its ad revenue to reforestation organisations. Since I switched to using it a couple of months ago, the counter in my browser tells me that I've caused 1,233 trees to be planted. By doing nothing different at all! Yes, it takes a little getting used to a new search engine, and OCCASIONALLY I feel like I'll get better results with google, but when that happens I simply use Ecosia to search first and then run another search with google if I need.
If you're only going to do ONE of these things? Follow Byron.
Now go! Do the things! It will only take five minutes. And you'll be amazed how positive it feels.
Keep your chins up and your hearts open. Stand on the edge and trust that it will be okay. Savour that you get to live through this incredible, bizarre time in our history - and let's live through it together.