By Amanda Atlee, Activism Support Coordinator at Amnesty International Australia
So you want to change the world? But perhaps you are feeling a little overwhelmed by all the problems out there: climate change, poverty, equality of women, exploitation of animals, disease… Where on earth do you start? These issues are enormous and complex. They aren’t easy to solve. Does this mean you give up? Turn a blind eye to it all?
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” said Irish philosopher, Edmund Burke.
I believe that each of us can do something, ANYTHING to make the world a better place. We can change how we treat each other, how we treat the vulnerable and how our governments respond to global issues. We need a generation that cares about the world, what happens in it and acts to change it for the better. We can be that generation.
Only you can know what drives you, what you care about, and what you want to change. What type of world do you want to be a part of? What type of world do you want your children to grow up in?
No matter what issue frustrates, inspires and drives you, you don’t have to dedicate every second of your life, move overseas or spend all of your money to create change in that area.
You can consider what fits best with your life, using your passions and your skills. In fact there are many ways that you can improve the world without even leaving the city.
– Learn and share information – We are more interconnected now than ever before and have a wealth of information at our fingertips. If you are passionate about an issue learn more about it, keep up with current affairs and share this information with your friends and family. Follow your favourite causes on facebook and share their content.
Only by really understanding your passion, and hearing differing views on the topic, can you make your mind up about the best ways to make change. This is also how you can inspire, argue with and win over other people to your cause.
– Add your name to a petition that is highlighting a cause you are passionate about. Better yet, ask someone else to sign the petition, or even better still, deliver a petition to your local member of parliament to demonstrate that other people in your community care about this too.
Alone it may be hard for your voice to be heard but joined with dozens, hundreds, thousands of others, your cause will be amplified and real action will be have to be taken.