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Social Activism Online

If you’re like many people today, you’ve become more aware of the issues in our world, and you want to take action. Environmental issues like global warming, the daily burning of fossil fuels and deforestation are but a few of the problems that we face today. You’ll know that if we don’t act quickly, the damage we’ve done will be irreversible, and generations to come will face dire consequences.

Such issues can feel overwhelming, and it can be difficult to know where to start. One such way is social activism. While social activism has many facets, you can absolutely be a catalyst for change even from the comfort of your own home by getting active online.

How Can I Be a Social Activist Online?

Some of the ways you can be active online (often called internet activism) are:

Find Relevant Facebook Groups

Many young people have decided to leave Facebook behind in recent years, but there’s one reason why most don’t delete their profile entirely: FB Groups. Facebook groups are a powerful way to bring like-minded people together to discuss topics that matter to them, and you can find local community groups and larger groups that are dedicated to tackling the issues that matter to you.

Here are some Facebook Groups to investigate are (be aware we have not vetted the following, so do your research):

Utilize Hashtags

Hashtags seem like something so simple, but they’ve been used powerfully in the past few years. For example, the #MeToo movement captured the attention of the world and drew attention to systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and workplaces around the world. You don’t have to wait for a new hashtag to appear - start one of your own to get your message out there.

Use Your Voice

Your voice and your perspective matters. Don’t hold back from adding your voice to the conversation online. Don’t be afraid of other people’s responses, what you have is totally valid and needed. Share causes and messages you care about on your socials, share petitions you care about, and share information you believe other people need to have.

If you want to take things a step further, consider sharing your voice via your own blog, podcast, or YouTube channel; lift up others and share their messaging too.

Start Petitions

Petitions are powerful; in 2016 a petition started by a 14-year-old girl prompted UK supermarket chain Tesco to phase out selling eggs from caged hens by 2025. A petition can get results whether it’s aimed at governmental bodies and authorities or the private sector. If you don’t want to spearhead a petition, find one you care about and campaign for it.

Join Activist Communities

There are communities you can join outside of Facebook. Reddit is another great place to find others who care about the same causes as you. You can take things a step further by joining organizations or simply signing up for their newsletter or following their social media profiles. Once you’re a part of their world, you’re a part of their community.

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Sustainable change starts with you!

Here’s how you can affect change.

Learn how you can drive change through the media and your politicians as well as your own actions here.

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