Today's world is certainly not a paradise. Hunger, violence, poverty, pollution and other dangers are all too common. We know the world has never been and probably never will be perfect, but that's no excuse not to try to make it a better place. Help create a better world for the future, it's not as hard as you might think.
Part 1 of 3: Helping humanity
Step 1. Volunteer or donate to charity
It's not just about working in a soup kitchen and visiting the elderly. Today, anyone can volunteer for dozens of different tasks. Connect with volunteer organizations near you and get involved in a cause. Start a petition, donate money, support charity, raise money or do advocacy.
- You can find great charities to donate to or get involved in by searching specialist websites. Well-known organizations generally spend their funds honestly.
- Wear a message bracelet. These bracelets are all the rage in Hollywood, where many stars show off with the latest trendy accessory: the charity bracelet. These bracelets are not only super cool, they are inexpensive and are a great way to support a cause.
- If you want to help developing countries, the best organizations are the ones that help people help themselves. They allow communities to strengthen themselves and improve their skills. Visions du Monde, Heifer International or Kiva are such organizations. Also think of organizations working for the education of children.
Step 2. Consume responsibly
Businesses are among the largest and most influential organizations in the world today. They are involved, or influence in some way or another, almost any problem you can think of, sometimes even more than governments. Fortunately, every day you have the opportunity to encourage businesses to make the right choices. Every time you buy something, you give your consent for the entire production process of the item. The next time you're at the supermarket, take a look at the labels.
Know what your options are. Ask yourself questions: “Do I want to support these kinds of businesses? "," Are the farmers or workers who made this product treated properly? "," Does this product meet fair trade criteria? "," Is it healthy? "," Is it good for the environment? "," Does the sale of this product help support a repressive political regime? "
Step 3. Donate blood
Many countries often face extremely low blood stocks and are in desperate need of more donors. It will only take you half an hour and it doesn't hurt (very)! Check with the EFS or the competent body.
Step 4. Become an activist
Raise your voice against injustices around the world and involve your friends. Organize fundraisers to help an organization of your choice. If you can't raise the money, join your voice with activists working against poverty, war, sexism, racism and corruption around the world.
Step 5. Become an organ donor
Once you're dead, you won't need your organs anymore, so why not donate them to someone who needs them? Save the lives of up to 8 people by registering as an organ donor in your country. Talk to your family about your decision and let them know your wish.
Part 2 of 3: Help protect and preserve the planet
Step 1. Recycle
It's not just for hippies! Anyone can recycle and these days just about anything can be recycled, from newspapers to plastic items, from computers to old phones. Encourage your school or work structure to recycle and use recycled products.
Step 2. Stop driving everywhere
You probably already know that your vehicle's emissions are bad for the planet. What you might not know is how to reduce these emissions: start walking more, use public transport as soon as possible, cycle to work. If you absolutely must use your car, consider purchasing one that runs partially or fully on electricity (a renewable energy source).
Step 3. Reduce your impact on the planet
Reduce your negative impact on the planet by reusing items and materials whenever possible, using biodegradable products, purchasing local food products (to support the local economy) and monitoring your water consumption. This will help you protect the planet and leave a healthy environment for future generations.
Help others do the same by educating them about ways to reduce their impact on the planet. Remember: don't be judgmental! You are doing this to help the planet, not to be better or smarter than your neighbor
Step 4. Reduce your water intake
Did you know that we will probably face a major water crisis in our lifetime? The problem is, we consume and use water faster than we can clean up wastewater. Help reduce this problem by taking shorter showers, washing dishes smartly, turning off the tap when brushing your teeth, and generally monitoring your water consumption.
Also avoid watering your lawn in summer. Collect and use rainwater for this, as using potable water to water the lawn is a huge waste
Step 5. Support the animal cause
In our pursuit of a better society, all forms of life should be respected. Support animal rights, volunteer at an animal shelter, or donate to an animal organization.
- However, be sure to find out about the organization to which you are making your donation. In large organizations, sometimes a very large percentage of funds are not dedicated directly to animals.
- Buy useful items like dog food and donate it to animal shelters near you or sponsor an animal's medical care. Housing an animal for a short time is also a good way to help animals, and it is usually not very expensive.
Part 3 of 3: Helping the people around you
Step 1. Do good to receive good
Do something nice for 3 people (or preferably a lot more) without being asked and in return ask them to do the same for 3 people, etc. Imagine if everyone continued this chain, imagine what the world would be like!
Step 2. Don't intentionally hurt others
Imagine a society where no one would seek to harm anyone. You wouldn't have to lock your doors and self-defense would quickly be forgotten. You might think that one person can't make a difference, but the world is made up of 7 billion people. You could inspire someone to behave like you and start a chain reaction.
Step 3. Laugh and smile
Many believe that laughter is the best medicine. In addition, happy people are often healthier and much more pleasant to hang out with! Smiling and laughing with someone is easy, completely free and you could make someone's day so enjoyable!
- Anyone can change the world, with a little time, effort and passion!
- Even if you don't have the money, there are many ways you can help make the world a better place.
- Promote your cause by using your talents. For example, you can make videos on the Internet to talk about subjects that are important to you (sexism, racism…) if you are not shy. The reaction of the public and the debate generated will be a good impetus for your thinking about the world. You can also run for Handicap International.
- The Internet is the place to find information on organizations and causes you want to support.
- Learn about the organizations you want to donate to, to make sure they're trustworthy.
- Find exciting and fun ways to change the world. Not only is volunteering a great way to help those in need, but you could also make friends!
- Spread the word. Involve your friends. More the merrier, the merrier !
- You don't have to change the whole world, you can change the world for just a few people and leave a positive impact on those around you.
- You may be young, or even very young, but your hope and motivation to change the world is already well established. Well done ! But how do you do this when you are only 14 years old? Don't panic: sign petitions (you will find some on the Internet) or donate old clothes to an association. You can help change the world, no matter what your age!
- Remember that just a little bit can make a big difference.
- Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world. Know how to root out that personal determination and set yourself short specific goals, such as eating less sugar, smiling at that stranger or working on a particular skill.
- Don't be afraid to experiment.
- Never impose your values and opinions on someone who does not fully understand them. If he does not understand them, he will not be able to adhere to them anyway.
- If you're doing good around you, that's great, but don't feel guilty about having negative emotions. Do not hesitate to exteriorize them and do not try to suffocate them, it would be futile and would only make things worse. However, you should avoid attacking someone violently (and deliberately): you can never know the sensitivity of people and your actions could affect them more than you imagine.