Many people are troubled with the state of global politics and maybe you’re one of those bothered people. What are you going to do about it?
Over at Grist they have a simple guide to being an effective activist for your cause (and I’m sure it’s a good one!). In order to be effective you just need to follow through on your actions. Basically, sharing news on Facebook won’t save the world but going out into the world and talking to the right people will.
Put events on your calendar. Commit to things, and then follow through on them. Even if itâ€™s bringing a pie to a potluck thatâ€™s being held to spread awareness of a new transit initiative â€” just do it. Make the pie. Showing up is more than half the battle. According to Trauss: â€œAll local political scenes are dying for competent participants.â€
Pick up the phone â€” and make the meeting
Itâ€™s been said 100 times, but the relatively simple act of calling and/orÂ meeting withÂ your elected official gets a lot of mileage. Joanne Carney of the American Association for the Advancement of Science offers this reminder: â€œMembers of Congress do spend time back in their districts, and they have district offices â€” and sometimes theyâ€™re a little bit more relaxed. So requesting opportunities to meet with [them] when theyâ€™re in the district sometimes can be very fruitful.â€