When you think of Donald Trump, major companies ruining the world for their profits or politicians who don’t care about the emergency of ecological and social problems, you inevitably bump into this question : “What the point ?” - What the point trying to do something, me alone facing the gigantic forces of our capitalist society dominating and alienating us ? The feeling of helplessness discourages and paralyzes us. It’s quick then to find excuses and give up. But we do not measure consequences: by giving up we sacrifice the foundations of our freedom.
We must act in the name of freedom. We are enslaved to a society that produces a food dangerous to health and nature, a society where consumer goods had become more important than well-being and social relationships, a society that depletes resources, digs inequality, breeds misery far from home or on our doorstep, a society that pollutes land, seas and air, that kills nature. We still have the freedom to refuse it and gradually step out : out of anything that would be the result of the Trump, multinationals or lawless politicians decisions. We must act to regain the freedom to no longer depend on a sick and corrupt system. We must also react to give our children a chance to be freer than we are. For this, we need to free ourselves from old values and mental conditioning we have all our lives been prisoners of.
We have listed in 4 categories many actions to undertake: Getting inform, acting on a daily, getting involved and campaigning. A prerequisite governs all these actions: Raising one’s consciousness by being humble towards nature, its resources and its living beings, by respecting them and taking them into account in our everyday choices and decisions.
It is necessary to switch from the “I protect the tropical forest” scheme to the “I am part of the tropical forest and I protect myself” scheme(1). The consumer society and urbanization move us away from this reality. Thinking “We must save the nature”, we put ourselves aside, forgetting our belonging to the living. It is however fundamental to remember it by going out of the cities, into nature, for a long period of time, in order to feel the world around us with our senses.
For as long as possible and the most often we can.
Because this rebuilt link with nature is the driving force behind our actions.
Even if all evidence suggests that information does not always lead to action, educating oneself is without a doubt the first step. Throughout history we have seen where commitments without knowledge can take us. The challenge here is to get the most objective and reliable informations on the topics that concern us all.
In other words lower our ecological footprint (our “weight” on Earth) by choices we can make in our way of living and consuming. Here are some of the most efficient actions :
Many other actions are listed in the Act on a daily Tab.
Getting involved in an association or in civic engagement is a concrete course of action, and also one of meeting and sharing. Short or long, by volunteering or not, these experiences are meaningful and give hope.
Campaigning is fighting for a cause, sometimes exposing oneself to legal or even physical problems (civil disobedience).
It often serves to oppose or to confront an authoritative entity: political and economic decision makers, armed forces…
(1) J. Seed, J. Macy, P. Fleming, A. Naess, Thinking like a mountain (1988)