Energy Innovation, Sustainability
Can One Person Make a Global Difference?
At home, you separate your recyclables from your regular garbage. Maybe you go a little further than that and compost your Fair Trade coffee grinds and vegetable scraps for your garden. You drive a hybrid vehicle to work, shop locally, and only buy organic vegetables and fruit. Your house has solar panels and your yard is landscaped with plants that are native to your area. Every one of these small accomplishments is another step towards making a global difference.
Do you ever wonder if all your efforts are actually worth it? Can the efforts of one person make a global difference? Absolutely—especially if other people are putting forth the same efforts as you. There is power in numbers!
Today, people hold the power to change the world. In fact, as global citizens, we have a responsibility to do so. There are many small things you can do from home that aren’t time consuming or expensive, including:
•Being Informed. Learn more about what is going on in the world. Spend a little time each day reading about current events. You can do this online by following news sources or reading a daily newspaper. This will help you better understand what is happening in areas where help is most needed.
•Donating to Worthy Causes. You might not have a lot of money to donate, but many worthy charitable organizations allow you to donate a small amount each month. Twenty dollars might not seem like a lot of money to you, but think about what good could be done if others could also donate. What is $20 anyway? A few days’ worth of lattes from Starbucks? Your $20 will add up quickly to feed children, send them to school, and provide healthcare to those who would otherwise go without. You even get the added benefit of a tax deduction for your efforts.
•Sharing on Social Media. Do you spend time on Twitter or Facebook? Putting these social media tools to work can be a great use of your time. Sharing news about causes you feel strongly about can inform, educate, and inspire those who follow you. Make a point to share something every day. It could be a link to a video or article about fighting climate change or gender equality. You can get your friends interested in causes they may not have known about otherwise.
•Launching a Grassroots Campaign at Work. Encourage sustainability in the workplace. It only takes one person to make a difference and get the ball rolling. Start a recycling program, encourage saving paper, or promote cutting back on the amount of electricity used. Small changes are not only extremely adaptable, but they show other people how easy it is to participate.
One person can make a global difference with just little effort, but you do not have to be alone in your endeavors. Lead by example and you’ll motivate and inspire others to change the world with you.