I don't know about you, but sometimes I just want to curl up in a ball and hide away. I mean, between the challenges of climate change, species extinction, oil spills and pipe line expansions (not to mention the refugee crisis, war, rampant racism and the absurdities of disconnected world leaders) it's pretty easy to feel helpless and overwhelmed. Yes, it'd be easier to just pull the covers back over my eyes. But I can't deny this little tug at my heart, that says 'open your eyes, create, speak.'
So, I've been asking myself some hard questions. Like, how am I contributing positively to the world? What issues do I really care about? What do I believe in? and how am I using my voice?
Here are a few things I've come up with:
- we need to focus on hope, fear begets more fear
- there are people + organizations doing great work in the world, but seldom does the media focus on them (fear sells a whole lot better)
- I believe that creativity is inherently valuable
- I also believe that creativity can be used as a force for good in the world
- we are nature and I believe that now more than ever, it's time for us to realign our lives and lifestyles with this fact
With this on my mind, I've decided to launch 'Changemakers'. In it, I'll be shining a spotlight on some organizations that I think are doing good work in the realm of environmental conservation. Aferall, change can only come first through awareness. I'll be writing about them here on this blog and then I'll be releasing a special edition print where a percentage of the profits will go to the organization. My intention is to do this a few times a year. I recognize that this is only a small gesture but I do believe that we need to use our voices for good in whatever way we can.
Stay tuned as I share about the first organization I'm partnering with and for the special art print I'll be releasing.
Stay hopeful and share your light,