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The world and life as we know it has become a very different place to the one we knew in 2019; many of us have become more aware of environmental and social issues in our local, national, and global communities. The pandemic has also encouraged many of us to reflect on our personal power, and the kind of world we’d like to live in in the future. If you, too, feel moved to take action and create a better Canada and world for future generations, you’re in the right place.

You’re ready to become a social activist.

What is a social activist?

A social activist is anyone who works to change a community to make it a better place. As soon as you take action on your beliefs that your community can be a better, healthier place, you become a social activist.

What are examples of social activism?

Some actions you may take as a social activist are:

  • Lobbying

  • Peaceful Protests and Demonstrations

  • Petitioning

  • Messaging and Advertising

  • Political Campaigning

  • Boycotting

There are a huge number of ways you can take action to implement change.

Here are your next steps:

 

Write Letters to Politicians and Media Outlets

Writing letters to people in power and to get the word out about your cause are the foundations of creating change. Writing letters to politicians, journalists, and publications via physical letter or email are simple activities but can be extremely effective. They allow you to eloquently share your thoughts, reach your target audience, and invoke action in others.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to figure out how to do this alone. We can help you learn:

  • How to Write an Effective Letter

  • How to Contact Journalists and Media Outlets

  • How to Write to Politicians

Learn more about how to write effective letters here.

 

Get Active Online with Other Social Activists

The internet is powerful - news can spread like wildfire. Never before in history has it been so easy to spread a message that needs to be heard. You have the power to influence public opinion. Politicians need the favour of voters, and so they listen to the majority. Get online and join forces with other social activists to create change from your computer or smartphone.

Here are some of the best ways to get active online with other social activists:

  • Join Facebook Groups

  • Share Causes & News Stories on Your Socials

  • Join Online Forums & Groups

  • Join Community Groups

Learn more about how to get active online here.

Join the Canadians for a Sustainable Society's Facebook group here.

 

Continue to Educate Yourself

Knowledge is power. Education is the key to untangling fact from fiction, from being able to think critically about what you’re being told to take on the views of other people you come into contact with, both in person, online, and in the media. Empower yourself with the knowledge necessary to create lasting change.

Here are some of the ways we recommend you continue to educate yourself:

  • Read News, Articles & Academic Materials

  • Attend Information Sessions

  • Attend Online Summits

  • Attend Protests

  • Discuss Issues with Other Activists

Learn more about how to educate yourself on sustainability issues here

 

Let Us Support Your Efforts

You’re not in this alone - we’re in this together. Whatever next steps you decide to take, we’re here to support you any way we can. Whether you’re going it alone or joining one of the hundreds of organizations like ours around the world, we’d love to help provide you with the resources necessary to influence change.

How we can help:

  • Original research
  • Public opinion polls
  • Advertisements
  • Videos
  • Email campaigns
  • Presentation materials
  • Conferences
  • Educational materials

 

Learn More About How We Can Support You here

 

Support Our Efforts

Canadians for a Sustainable Society is an advocacy group. We do a great deal of research and our mandate is to drive change. 

Show us your support and become a part of the change we’re creating by supporting us. 

Learn how you can support our efforts here

 

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