Activism is arguably the most important component to sustainability. It is the vessel of change. It transforms ideas into action, action into change, and change accumulates to eventually build the future we worked for from the start. By collaborating to form peaceful-protests, performance art, community gatherings, information hubs, cleanup groups, petition sign days, fundraisers, and anything else communities have the opportunity to build their vision.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
— Anne Frank

The question comes back into play; whose responsibility is it to shape the future: governments, corporations, or consumers?

Unfortunately we cannot always rely on our political leaders to have pure intentions for the greater good of the public and same could be said about corporations. This is when it becomes the responsibility of consumers to fight for what we support. If we want something to be better we need to work for it, nobody is going to give it to us.

I personally think movements can move quicker towards success when supported by the government but we don’t currently have the luxury of a government working on behalf of all its’ citizens so we need enough voices to get through to those who can put concepts into actions.

This is when grassroots activism comes into play. Grassroots is when activist try to mobilize individuals or the community to take action in a certain cause. Grassroots activism has been successful in many accounts, one most notably the 1965-1970, Delano Grape Strike organized by Cesar Chavez and a crew of dedicated activists. If you’re interested in learning more about this event, click the button.

"If we don't engage, we have only ourselves to blame," says Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, in this short interview from the 2017 Aspen Ideas Festival. Huerta argues that if new protest movements want to change policy, old organizing methods are still the most effective.

additional Topics Include:

  • Movements for Change

  • Protest / Grassroots Collectives 

  • Advocacy / Organizing

  • History (Decolonization, Imperialism, Root Causes)

  • Reformists/Non-Reformists

  • Violence/Non-violence

  • Peace Studies

  • Civil Disobedience

  • Passion

  • Affinity