Giving up on giving up
So, much of the world has been on pause for months courtesy of Covid-19. Our principle carbon dioxide producing activities, among other things, have been in stasis. Yet a recent report suggests this interval will have almost no impact on slowing our climate emergency. The changes we need to make are bigger, more radical, longer lasting – and need action from all of us…individually and collectively.
And climate change is just one challenge we face as a world…Covid-19 is, obviously, another. Then we have inequality in many areas of life, polarisation of societies, a fundamental shift in the nature and availability of work. The list goes on.
The big shifts will come from joined up action – government, business and non-commercial organisations changing their ways and working together. So, as individuals couldn’t we just sit back and allow it all to unfold (or not)?
Individually we can make changes that may seem insignificant in themselves yet, to quote a famous supermarket, ‘every little helps.’
Perhaps the biggest change we need to make though is our mind-set. We need to give up on giving up. Focusing on what we’re prepared to or must let go of prompts resistance, negativity, a sense of loss and perhaps grief. It makes change harder.
If we reframed ‘giving up’ to ‘I’m committing to being a force for good in the world’ we’re giving ourselves a framework for making the right choices not just about whether we recycle more, or travel less, but what thoughts we put out into the world. The love and kindness we extend to our fellow human beings. The causes we’re prepared to get active on. The companies we will or won’t work for or buy from based on their behaviour or the goods and services they create.
Whether we’re one person or many organisations we can move mountains if we’re right minded. So let’s make a commitment we can and will keep.