Edmund Pettus How To Make A Difference In The World | a five step kickstart guide to activism
You have to find something that you’re passionate about that. You actually want to make a difference for. For me, one of my big passions is stem education, but how did i find that out honestly it’s because, like i’m, a cs major, so i started just kind of thinking about how i can integrate my major into my passion for activism and i started thinking like Well, i might as well start encouraging people who aren’t typically in stem fields, to consider joining them and just kind of like encouraging people in general. Another one of my passions is environmental sustainability and this one actually kind of came from naturally just learning about it. In my classes – and i remember one of the like most key moments for me – was when i was in my french class, and we started talking about like where rainforest deforestation actually comes from, and that kind of like made me want to just be more active with Environmental sustainability, when topics like this come up just be sure to pay attention to them and see if any of them interest you. I also care about social equality like pretty much across the board, and this one just kind of came from, like i don’t know like i, can’t really pinpoint an exact time when i like learned that i cared about social equality.
It was just kind of something ingrained in my life from like a very young age um, but if it’s not something that you really feel like you care about or interests you, i would suggest just kind of like reading up on materials and figuring out.
Why it’s? Actually important, because this one, i think, can be something that’s important to everyone and, as a matter of fact, it should be something that’s important to everyone. After you find something that you’re passionate about, you need to figure out how to turn your slacktivism into activism. But what even is slacktivism like? What does that even mean? This is a term that i learned in one of my classes and it basically just means doing like minimal effort, activism and it’s like stuff that doesn’t really make a change. So an example of slacktivism would be like posting things to your instagram story or even like signing online petitions can be considered slacktivism because it takes very minimal effort on your part and it doesn’t end up making that big of a change so like. While these things are important, they often aren’t enough to actually do something big. So how can you make that shift from selectivism into activism to like actually start making a change honestly, i would recommend just being aware that what you’re doing is typically slacktivism and just kind of know that, like you, need to go that extra step to actually move Towards making a difference, for example, say you posted a black square on instagram for black lives matter, or you share informational posts to your story.
This is definitely slacktivism because it doesn’t require much effort on your part and it doesn’t actually really like do anything for the movement.
So what i would recommend to turn that slacktivism into activism is to go ahead and, like add your own voice to the conversation and take the time to actually like read new resources other than what’s. Just like immediately available to you. So like reading new books or adding your own insights to a post or saying like this is really good, because i learned x about this um and kind of like going forth and like putting your own voice into the conversation rather than just like repeating other people’s Work still, these things don’t really make much of a difference. Instead of just posting online, try going out and protesting or having difficult conversations with your family members and friends so that you can actually work towards making a more genuine difference. Another really important thing to turn slacktivism into activism is to make changes in your day to day life. This leads me into our next step, which is start integrating changes into your day to day life, and they can be big or small, like it really doesn’t matter. Small changes in your day to day life can have a big impact. My first tip for this step is to just start small. For example, when i started caring about environmental sustainability, i knew that i eventually wanted to cut all meat out of my diet, so i started small by just cutting out red meat and then eventually like white meat and then lastly, fish and i made these changes over.
Like a two year period, so it was very gradual and not too much of like a shock to my life, but eventually i hit my end goal. Another tip is to just kind of integrate things into your normal routine. So, like activism, doesn’t have to be something completely outside of your normal routine, for example, two times a week. I take the time to like go and look up, petitions and sign them and then also share them on my youtube channel, and this is kind of integrated into things i was already doing before, because i was already posting youtube videos. I just kind of integrate activism into that when you integrate them into things that you’re already doing it makes it a lot more easy to stay consistent, so you’re less likely to just kind of drop off and stop doing it in the future. Step four is to encourage others to do the same things that you’re doing and find activism that they’re passionate about on their own. This is a really good idea because say you encourage three of your friends to be more active in their lives and then they encourage three of their friends at the end of that you’ve, pretty much reached like 12 new people and encouraged them all to start being A little bit more active and, of course, like the cycle, doesn’t really end there, like those friends tell their friends and their friends tell their friends and eventually, like you, can work with like an entire movement of people, and i think it’s just really important.
To kind of like encourage people to do it if they aren’t already plus, i think that opening up the conversation with other people can help you learn things as well. For example, i encourage my boyfriend to eat a little bit less meat and have like meatless meals once a day in turn. He teaches me a little bit more about environmental sustainability like proper waste disposal and things like that which he learned from a program he was in in college. Another thing that you can do if your friends are a little bit less likely to do activism on their own is encourage them to come and volunteer with you for whatever you do, it can be a nice intro to volunteering for them because they can do it With you, which they might consider to be more fun than just doing it alone, and it can kind of open up their mind to ideas of what they can do personally to be more active plus if they, like the organization that you volunteer for you might just Get a new volunteering buddy, the last step, which is honestly probably the hardest step of them all, is to step out of your comfort zone when it comes to volunteering, and this is one that i personally still have a lot of work to do with, because right Now the volunteering and activism that i do is very much within my comfort zone, and i think that, like once, you kind of get used to the changes that you make to your life.
It’S important to step a little bit out of your comfort zone and just go one step further. For me, volunteering to do stem education is pretty much second nature to me and now that i’ve cut meat out of my diet, it’s really easy, and i don’t even have to like think about it anymore, like i can kind of just do it. One of my current goals is to start integrating a form of volunteering that takes a little bit more effort on my part so like, for example, maybe volunteering at a homeless, shelter or a soup kitchen or like a women’s center to kind of like be somewhere in Person that like takes a little bit more labor on my part, and i feel like makes a broader impact on the general community. Another thing that i think that makes a really big impact is like doing litter, pickup and things like that, and i have done that once before, and it was just kind of like a pickup in the county around my school but like i have to be honest, Like i don’t like it, i really don’t like like touching trash and like interacting with trash and stuff like that. However, i can’t deny that it like actually makes an impact and it’s really good for the environment and the community as a whole, so i’m working on kind of overcoming that hurdle and starting to do it. Because, honestly, like i’m, not like touching with my bare hands and it’s, not actually like dirty it’s, just making an impact, those are two things that are kind of examples of stuff that’s like out of my comfort zone or out of what i’m used to that.
I need to work on a little bit more, so you can kind of use that, as an example to figure out how you personally can step out of your comfort zone and start integrating volunteerism and activism. That is actually like something new for you and something a little bit more challenging that can possibly make a big impact. I think that, like a general rule of thumb is like the harder it is to do activism the bigger impact it tends to have so like. If you have to put in a lot more effort, it probably will give a bigger result. If that makes sense, i hope that this video inspired you to make some changes in your life and start considering to do some more activism. Additionally, i hope you learned a little bit more about what slacktivism means and can recognize that you’re doing it and start being more active, rather than selective for some good action items. Now that the video is over head down to the description box and check out the creators i linked below, as well as some petitions to sign and funds to consider donating to additionally, once you’re done watching, i think you should take some time to self reflect and Think about the things that you’re passionate about and how you can integrate, making a change into your daily life. If you enjoyed this video, please leave a like and comment down below.