That’s right, I’m putting my money where my mouth is. Or actually, since we don’t have that much money, I’d rather put my time and effort.
In my last post, I talked about dedicating 5 hours a week to activism and making the world a better place. Now, I do write this blog of course, but I have a very small audience, so I don’t think it will make a very big difference. More needs to be done for me to make an impact.
Right after making that last post, I checked my e-mail and found a ‘call to action’ from the Dutch Greenpeace organisation. Now I’ll be honest with you… I’d been ignoring these mails lately. Sometimes they send a lot of them in a small period of time and they all start to blend together. More petitions to sign, more donations wanted. I get fatigued when they send too many.
But this time, having just written about acting to improve the world, I could obviously not ignore it. It was an e-mail about a recently discovered coral reef in the Amazon. BP and Total want to drill for oil in that location, which would destroy the reef. They asked me to sign a petition and I did. But there was more I could do! They had started an initiative (Craftivists) to knit and crochet a coral reef as an art installation, to help draw attention to the cause.
Well, I’ve been actively knitting for a while now, and thanks to my sister-in-law I recently also picked up crochet, so this was perfect for me! I still had some leftover yarn in colors I wasn’t planning to use anymore, so I signed up for the “Craftivists” Facebook group (Here, if you can read Dutch), and I got started. As you can see in the picture, I already made a few items. I’m in the process of making an other, and I’m having lot’s of fun doing so!
The thing is, there are so many amazing causes and projects going on at any given time, there will always be something you can do to help. Something that fits your particular skill-set. So, I urge you to keep looking for things to do, because you can and will make a difference. Imagine what we can do if we all dedicate those 5 hours a week. Now that’s a hopeful vision for our future.
Let’s get to it!