Is there a manual to be a good activist?

Concern about climate change is enough to start raising awareness, but how can you be a good activist and communicate the warning to the public?

"We are all responsible","Humanity is the worst"And"We deserve what is happening” are some of the silliest phrases you can hear today about Climate Change. However, far from being superficial, they are dangerous because of the lies they entail.

A recent court ruling ordered Shell to reduce its CO2 emissions by 45% by 2030, as the company is one of the largest contributors to global warming. This oil giant knew that it was releasing millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and therefore harming the world. But his desire for money and power was stronger and he doesn't care.

This is not an isolated case: the richest 1% of the world's inhabitants emit twice as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as the poorest half. This means that the richest 10% of the world's population accounts for 52% of accumulated emissions.

For all these reasons, is it necessary to compete for who is more respectful of the environment? Sometimes it seems that there is an absurd division around the "environmentalism"among those who describe these social struggles as "stupid environmentalism"and those who do not forgive for not being completely"eco friendly".

The first position is the most harmful and cruel. There is no data to prove it and it sells human lives for the royalties offered by international companies in exchange for exploiting the mountains and appropriating all natural resources. This is pure misinformation and lack of sovereignty.

However, in the second part there is a lot of data, information and militancy. He knows so much that many people find it difficult to understand it, they feel distant from his postulates and consider change impossible, something that cannot be achieved day after day, not even for many years.

Perhaps, despite all the difficulties, it is still possible to distinguish two large groups: those who pollute the environment and their allies (journalists, governments, etc.) and those who believe in a more beautiful good world.

A better world, an ideal world?

The way we see the world is different for every culture, every community, and even every individual. Pointing out, criticizing or condemning behaviors without understanding the worldview does not seem like a way "Verde"to live and is not a good activist

There are many things people can do for the environment: gardening, composting, using natural products, buying vintage or organic clothing, saving energy and water, and more... However, not everyone has the financial capacity and staff to follow this path every day. Also, would it be possible to learn everything at once? Of course not.

The path towards sustainable development also requires urgent changes, such as achieving food sovereignty through agroecological production and replacing the fossil energy matrix with renewable energy. But this cannot be achieved individually. Meanwhile, we face political and corporate power struggles, but they increasingly recognize the importance of this transformation, if only to ensure the long-term viability of their companies.

Empathy to be a good activist

Scientific evidence and community experience are needed to support lasting change. Empathy will be the driving force that motivates us to be a good activist and explain and bear witness with love to the urgent reasons to solve the problems of the planet and humanity.

This makes it easier to convey the importance of the call “return to nature”. For example, if we talk about food contaminated with pesticides, it is also worth mentioning solutions, for example, buying agroecological products and talking about the offer of "other areas" of food production that are good for health.

And of course happiness and joy are part of this whole process, it is not a sacrifice! On the contrary, it is forgiving and the path to a better life.

Isn't it wonderful to see the seeds you sow grow?
Isn't it amazing that organic waste with the help of worms turns into soil that nourishes the earth?
Isn't it comforting to know that composting reduces the amount of "garbage" and that there really shouldn't be the number of sick people living near a landfill?

It is important to understand that without human rights there cannot be a healthy environment. We cannot talk about poverty without talking about ecological degradation. A very important part of the international treaties on the climate crisis states that there are "common but differentiated responsibilities" in the face of this disaster and that those with less purchasing power and responsibility will be the most affected by climate change.

So, is it necessary a “ecological meter” among activists? Controversy is inevitable. I think the only valid criticism is the one that identifies who only cares about sustainability in their business and who cares about a more equitable world for everyone. A difference that goes beyond protecting the environment as it is part of ethics in every step.

I am convinced that if every person realized the magnitude of the socio-ecological disaster on this planet, they could not help but sympathize and even become a good activist. I think there are more environmentalists to know than false environmentalists. I have hope.

If we go back to the well-known phrases, there is a phrase that says that Nature is wise. I like it, it makes sense.
There are probably as many possible solutions to this chaos as there are to biodiversity on Earth.

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