Way #4: Be in Action Together
Invite the people you care about to join you in this month of 30 days/30 ways! (Gulp!)
Why Do This Way?
Undoubtedly the people in your life—family, friends, co-workers—are concerned about climate change and want to be able to do something about it. What if part of your relationship included taking on reversing global warming—together? Sharing, even to family and friends, and inviting them to be in action with you can be confronting. But sharing about our commitment, and inviting others to find theirs, is such a useful muscle to exercise if we are serious about reversing global warming. Besides, it’s way more effective and fun to engage with others! Begin to create—or expand—your community of support.
Engaging with This Way
In the video below, Paul Hawken articulates why working in community, as opposed to going it alone, is essential in order to make the large-scale changes necessary to not just slow, but actually reverse warming trends on the planet and leave a healthy planet for future generations.
Consider and take heart in this quote from Himalayan explorer, William Hutchison Murray:
Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets: Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!”
What do these themes of community and commitment evoke in you? What comes up for you when you think about inviting others to join in? Who might you invite?