We at PeaceKeeper are devoted to activism in our everyday lives! When you purchase PeaceKeeper, we donate all after-tax, non-distributable profits to fight urgent human rights issues. Also, we believe that our products should contain “No Nasty Anything,” whether that’s artificial preservatives, harmful chemicals, or slave labor.
However, we know that it can be difficult to live an activist life, especially when you’re so busy with your career or your family. Therefore, we have compiled “The Beginner’s Guide To Activism”, a list of helpful tips for those of you who want to start making positive change for people around the world.
1. Ask yourself: What do I care about the most?
This does not have to have a big answer. You don’t necessarily have to care about the hole in the ozone layer. But if you know, for example, that you hate the look of a pile of trash in a beautiful park, try to bring that idea into the world. Why does that pile of trash in that beautiful park make you angry, and more importantly, how could you go about fixing it?
Which brings us to our next point…
2. Start Small.
Remember those guys on the street with their giant jugs full of money, calling out “One Penny! Just One Penny To Help The Homeless!”? That’s because even something as small as a penny can help the cause. With activism, you don’t need to feed the entire homeless population of New York in a day; that’s impossible. As long as you continue to do good out of a desire for change, you have made a powerful contribution, no matter how small.
3. Make It A Habit.
Activism is like exercise; it takes time and dedication, and it eventually pays off big-time if you do it properly. Like we said before, even if you’re doing something small, like picking up trash off the street and throwing it away, it does make a difference. Just make sure you’re doing it on a regular basis. Maybe you could decide to pick up 10 pieces of trash one day a week, and gradually increase that as you go on. By the end of two months, you’ll have a very strong “activism muscle.”
4. Get Your Friends To Join In.
Again, like exercise, sometimes it’s best to get a friend to join you. Not only will the pleasant company make the time go by faster, but two can do twice the work of one in the same amount of time! Perhaps you could plan a friendly competition to see who can do the most good in the least amount of time…just make sure it doesn’t get too out of hand!
We hope these guidelines are helpful to you in kickstarting your life as an activist! Do you have any more tips? Think there’s something we’ve forgotten? Leave a comment below!
The PeaceKeeper Team
(Writer: Jessica Smith. Picture courtesy DoGoodInBrooklyn.org.)
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