2017 was a whirlwind year where terrorism, climate change and poverty struck many parts of the world. During calamities like such, it can often be distressing or despairing for the individual as well as their community.
However, it is important to bear in mind that we are citizens living in a global community. Whilst, none of us can change the entire world alone, by making small adjustments in our own lives and encouraging others to do the same, a snowball effect occurs that may affect the entire planet in a positive way.
So why not be the change you want to see and kick off 2018 by undertaking these 5 actions to help shape a better world for the future?
1. Be informed
We live in a digital age where we constantly have access to the latest news and current affairs from around the world via devices that fit within the palm of our hand. With the Internet being filled with a myriad of all types of news, it is becoming more important than ever to distinguish between “fake news” and clickbait articles. Why not make it your resolution this year to improve your awareness of world events by following credible and well-researched news outlets?
Having a thorough understanding of world affairs will equip you with the knowledge and skills to take action in meaningful ways.
2. Shop ethically
Over the past few years, as more people gain awareness about the various social and environmental repercussions that their purchases can generate (i.e child slavery, forest degradation, poverty cycle, wage gaps, animal cruelty), many are now turning to ethical and sustainable alternatives.
As consumers, we are powerful contributors in the global economy, so why not vote with your wallet for the kind of world that you want? By opting for brands that sell items which are Fair Trade or environmentally friendly or free of animal cruelty, you can help to minimise your carbon footprint and work towards protecting people, planet and animals.
One of the best ways to contribute to the community is to volunteer. There are plenty of ways for you to be involved such as volunteering at soup kitchens or animal shelters, being engaged in advocacy, mentoring young people at youth clubs..The list goes on!
Or if your time is limited and you prefer to work remotely, you can even contribute your skills by undertaking volunteer freelance work or online volunteering.
Contact a local volunteer organisation and discover a cause that you feel passionate about.
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4. Donate to a cause/ NGO/charity
There are many crises and causes in the world that are in need of funds to finance their resources, skills and people power.
It is recommended that you undertake research before you donate to a charity so that your donation is being used efficiently and that their work aligns with your values. If you want to ensure that your money is being used to save as many lives as possible, check out Givewell.org.
If you want to help the developing world, the best charities are ones which empower people to help themselves, whether it be through education, skills-training programs or microfinance programs or social entrepreneurship schemes. These can generate the most positive impact by enabling communities to strengthen and improve themselves.
5. Undertake Random Acts of Kindness
A small act kindness can create a ripple effect that can carry from person to person.
At Worldie, we greatly support the common yet powerful phrase, “Think Global. Act Local.”
Sometimes, the most prominent change can start with simple actions that are undertaken in our local communities. By thinking about how global issues affects us and then engaging in actions locally, we can have the most impact because we are equipped with a high level of awareness of the problems in our surroundings which can enhance our ability to innovate solutions.
Change can start with you, right here, right now