The clip below is from Dirt The Movie, and it features Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmental and political activist who tells an inspiring tale of doing the best you can under seemingly insurmountable odds.
With so much new information coming to light, we’ve all asked ourselves the same question: “What can we do to effect change?” Whether it’s the prevention of war or deforestation to the spraying of pesticides on our foods, there seem to be hundreds, if not thousands, of areas where people would like to see change occur. This can be frustrating sometimes, because the solutions to these problems are already at hand. The problem lies within humanity itself and the way we treat each other. We create invisible barriers between us that make it impossible to work together and fix things, and at the same time there are those with tremendous power pulling strings behind the scenes, making it more difficult to even try to implement these solutions. Regardless of what issue we’re talking about, the list of available solutions is quite long, and we’ve provided countless examples of this on our website.
So many people are starting to see all of this information and ponder the question, “What can I do about it?” The answer is simple, be like this hummingbird.
Are The Odds Of Changing The World Really Unlikely? No!
Are the chances of changing the world really as slight as they seem? To be honest, no, and we are only starting to witness just how much of an impact we can have as one human race if we come together in a peaceful manner to bring attention to what is clearly important. The problem is not our inability to create and implement new ideas; our potential as a human race is huge. The problem is our consciousness and that “thing” within our thinking minds that prevents us all from coming together to create change.
One great example of this is the current worldwide resistance against Monsanto, which has gained a tremendous amount of support and attention from millions of people all over the world. Because mainstream media does not often present both sides of the coin, alternative media networks and citizens utilizing social media are sharing all of the research and information that is being underreported and even blatantly ignored. Enough countries have completely banned GMOs and the pesticides that go with them which only illustrated the point further.
It all starts with awareness. We cannot stop a problem unless we become aware of it first, and once we are aware of it, no matter how shocking and scary it can be to face it, we have to accept it and then take action. It does no good to turn a blind eye to something that clearly needs our attention.
So the next time you find yourself asking what you can do about an issue you feel passionately about, remember that all you need to do is start somewhere. It’s not easy – there are many people out there who would like to make a difference but feel uncomfortable because they feel the impact they are making is not great enough – but regardless of whether you can help millions of people or just one, every good deed and act of kindness changes the world. Granted, there are no doubt issues that deserve the serious attention of the whole human race, but global change is created in multiple ways. Another great way is to start with yourself, the person in the mirror.
If the intent in your heart is to make change, then be the change yourself. Start somewhere. Start anywhere. Just start.
About the Author
Arjun Walia. I joined the CE team in 2010 shortly after finishing university and have been grateful for the fact that I have been able to do this ever since 🙂 There are many things happening on the planet that don’t resonate with me, and I wanted to do what I could to play a role in creating change. It’s been great making changes in my own life and creating awareness and I look forward to more projects that move beyond awareness and into action and implementation. So stay tuned 🙂 firstname.lastname@example.org