I think we both can agree that there is no straight answer to this question.
It will require a couple of steps, with an arguably long process before the result start showing. Nevertheless, we still want to do it, don’t we?
Thanks to technology, rapid developments are happening in almost every aspect of our lives, changes and new inventions are coming every week, even days. But, like a double-sided dagger, these massive developments are coming at a cost.
The electricity that we use requires more coal to burn, your favorite brands are producing a huge amount of greenhouse gasses to maintain their fast fashion industries, and so on.
Henry Fountain reported last December, that if we don’t change the way we do things as soon as possible, we might need to prepare to witness the Arctic sea without any ices by 2030s.
Aside from environmental problems, you must be aware of the inequality that still exists until right now. The poor don’t get the same services provided for the rich or even discrimination among genders.
Knowing all of these issues, you might find yourself wondering how do I change things?
Well, here we have a few steps you might want to look at:
Identify the problem that catches your interest
For starters, check out the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are basically a blueprint for peace and prosperity, adopted by all United Nations Members in 2015 as a part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The list consists of 17 goals, which you can use to guide you through the urgent problems the world is facing right now.
You can pick a topic that catches your interest or perhaps ones that you already have basic knowledge of.
Education, economy, and environment are the most common categories but you can pick others or even pick their sub-topic to find more specific problems. You can find the SDGs map here to help you.
Gather more information to understand the problem
An empty vessel makes the most noise. Don’t be that kind of person that always tries to speak and stand their opinion without actually understanding what is their standing about.
Before you try to fix something, firstly you must understand what that thing is or how that thing works in order to find the solution you need for the problem.
Searching for information in the 21st century is easy. With search engines and social media, everything is practically at your fingertips.
You might want to read articles written by someone that capable to speak about that issue, ask your colleagues’ and mentors’ opinions, or perhaps visiting a public library.
Also, don’t forget to fact-check the information you are looking for to filter hoaxes and misunderstandings.
Donate or participate in an organization that has the same goal as you
Changing the world is too much for one person to do. Doing it together with others that have the same view could help you make a difference faster.
Try to find a community, organization, foundation, or movement to help you make your contribution count.
Sharing your community activity will help you spread awareness, donating for them could help sustain their movement, and participating in their program could result in a big impact for you and the world itself.
Make a difference, start from you
Make your way to the solution by going from the smallest, and ourselves are the smallest scale of all people.
If you want to see more green life in the world, start to plant some in your area, if you want to reduce inequality, make sure people around you get the same opportunity as you.
The key is to become the change that you wish to see in the world.
Your road is long ahead and it will take some time. You might get tired along the way but that’s why joining a community is helpful.
We hope this could help motivate you to become that change that you wish to see. Be the splash that moves the water around you – a trigger to a chain reaction – and believe the result won’t let you down.