YOU'RE INSPIRED. YOU WANT TO CONTRIBUTE. HOW?
BE MORE EMPATHETIC.
First off, think of yourself as a PERSON over a CONSUMER. Person first, consumer second. The world needs a whole lot more of empathy. Understand that your lived experiences are not the same as others. There are millions of individuals in this world who face barriers every single day. Once we begin to understand that, we become more empathic. We become less judgemental and more open minded. That's progress.
Vote with your dollar
Buy local groceries from your farmers market
Buy coffee from local shops that support ethical growing operations
Be informed on what the products you purchase are made of and where the heck they are produced. Most of the time there are options in your community to substitute!
Avoid fast fashion
Look for companies that show how they do good in community
In canada those that are buy social certified (https://www.buysocialcanada.com/)
Printing? Use FSC certified suppliers https://ca.fsc.org/en-ca
Try to reduce your environmental impact
Use coffee mugs > coffee cups
Ride bikes > cars
Pack lunches in reusable containers > buying lunch
Take the stairs > elevator
Diva cups > tampons
- Be more politically informed. Insist that your elected officials serve people, not corporations. Those interests can surely overlap but corporations don’t elect politicians, you do!
In your university: how is the student union in your college or university finding ways to create the most social and environmental impact. Could they be outsourcing catering from a social enterprise for events? Do they have a massive food chain in your cafeteria? What are they doing to reduce waste on campus? Could they be hosting more events with social activists and green leaders in your community and beyond?
Municipally, Provincially & Federally: and hey, we know that not everyone is going to become the next prime minister or MLA or heck, even councillor in their community but at least be informed. Educate yourself on the issues in your community, on policy and decision making. For an example, did you know that right now in Nova Scotia and British Columbia that a legal structure called a C.I.C (Community Interest Company) exists? This is basically a social enterprise, where the surplus of profits go back into the mission. Pretty cool hey?
Whether you're working in a small start up or large corporation, know that there are ways that you can make a difference.
Challenge your employer. What can they be doing differently to create the most social and environmental impact?
Procurement & Social Purchasing is a great example. Can they outsource materials or services that produce less waste or employ people with barriers? Everything from the coffee they purchase and desks they use to the paint on the walls and the catering services they use for events can be changed. There are ways to create impact at a small or massively large scale.
Composting and recycling
Green paints and materials and furniture that are FSC certified and in other ways as environmentally as friendly as possible
Are they paying a living wage and do they treat their employees well? Do they realize the benefits of this in terms of employee satisfaction and turnover?
What personal development activities or informative sessions can be held to educate employees on sustainable practices?
Community Service and volunteerism