If You Cannot Climate Strike Today, Strike In A Way You Can

A huge number of people are going on climate strike today. But for those of us who freelance, what can we do? We can, of course, support those striking in many ways. We can tweet, retweet, send a text, send a letter, share a status, read a book, thank someone who has made a contribution against the closing walls of climate change…or we can join them.

In Somalia, climate change has increased the amount of droughts the country experiences causing food and water shortages. In this photograph, an internally displaced Somali citizen exhibits the signs of dehydration. Photo: Ty Faruki

If you don’t accept climate change is real, a perspectival viewpoint shouldn’t stop you supporting those who are striking to protest. From experience, most climate change deniers I have met, do not hold a grudge against us. If anything, the utmost respect is given. Much of this comes from an appreciation to slow the use of plastics, aversion to littering and treating the environment with respect as principled and wise.

Today, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent released a report titled ‘The cost of doing nothing’. It details that costs will balloon to $20 billion per year by 2050, and humanitarian needs and efforts will dramatically and undoubtedly increase the amount of suffering endured by people affected by climate change. Largely in developing nations.

If you cannot strike today, there are a few things you can do, but there are some things you are already doing which you can take to the next level.

It is no secret that to win an election, being popular and on the people’s side counts. People are influenced by what they feel is right and just, and when it comes to the climate, science is on our side.

During a talk I attended on environmental campaigning, the lecturer told of a speech she listened to by Jeremy Corbyn, where he stated, the best way you can change your local representative’s mind is by writing to them to show your concern of issues you’re passionate about. MPs need votes, and to get them, they need to weigh concern of the greatest need for their local constituency, regardless of whether it goes against their beliefs. You can change their mind or plant the seed to make them reconsider their views.

Write a letter to supermarkets asking them to reduce the amount of plastic they utilise. The Co-Op replaced plastic bags with compostable carriers. The National Trust began wrapping their membership magazines in the same. But other supermarket giants simply haven’t done enough. They rely on customers to reuse carrier(s) or buy cotton tote bags which is a bad idea.

Taking time to reconsider plastic use in your home can elevate strides to rewiring your brain in making sensible choices to reduce waste. As I said, you cannot change someone’s mind, but you can certainly plant a seed that will. And if you can do this to yourself regularly for small changes, you will undoutedly take giant steps in the future.

Buy a reusable cup. We’ve talked about this before, and the benefits of buying a collapsible model make it easier to carry it around with you. Go out! Take the time to buy one. Taking a cup from home into a coffee bar may seem crazy, but the more embarrassing choices you expose yourself to, the more you make consciously better decisions to be better to our world.

READ: A Better Solution To Coffee Cup Wastage

There are so many simple and easy things we can all do that require no explanation at all. Such as –

Today is not just about picket signs. Today is a collective effort to inspire others to make a change and do away with old habits to build clarity around credences and to solidify them into action. Small steps to victory count.