6 Ways to Raise Awareness About Environmental Issues
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There’s no way around it. We can only protect our planet through action. This effort can’t happen without educating the masses — and that includes everyone from parents to neighbors to strangers. How do we effectively and efficiently get the word out surrounding the environment?
Here are six ways to raise awareness about environmental issues.
1. Attend a Rally or March
A strike can be an effective way to draw attention. Consider movements like 2017’s People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C. The same thing happened in 2019 when millions of people worldwide gathered in their respective countries before the United Nations’ Climate Action Summit. These events received significant news coverage.
If you can’t find a rally or march to attend, you should talk to like-minded individuals to organize your own. There are climate change activists everywhere, so you won’t have to do much work to find people who want to help. Be sure to promote your event early and often so that you can achieve a high turnout.
2. Use Social Media
We all know that social media has power. These platforms can work as tools to help you educate more people. It might not seem like much to like, comment and share posts, but you’d be surprised at how much influence those steps have. You only need to see one tweet to change your perspective.
Try using your online presence to the planet’s advantage. An easily-digestible post with accurate information can do wonders. If you don’t have time to create that content, you should look for social media accounts that promote sustainable living and discuss environmental topics.
3. Contact Elected Officials
Our elected officials have more authority than anyone else. After all, they write and sign legislation that becomes law. It’s vital to ensure we put people in office who want to protect our planet. By contacting them, you can do your best as a constituent to raise awareness about environmental issues.
If you have an issue you want to address, you should contact local and state legislators via email or phone. They might already have a solution, but you need to hold them accountable either way. It’s also smart to learn about their backgrounds so that you know whether to vote for them during the next election.
4. Recommend Books and Movies
It’s not always easy to conceptualize climate change. This phenomenon doesn’t affect us in ways we can immediately see, hear or feel. The world might be getting warmer — but that’s not necessarily remarkable to the average person. As a result, you should try recommending media that helps your friends and family learn about climate change more tangibly.
Watch something like “Our Planet” or “Before the Flood” for your next movie night. You can also lend reads such as “The Uninhabitable Earth” to your loved ones. These resources offer a more accessible and intriguing way for people to learn about climate change.
5. Be More Accommodating
There are times when activists can seem unapproachable. If you’re using buzzwords like “net-zero” without explaining them, you can’t expect everyone to listen to what you have to say. Your message won’t seem relatable. A person who adjusts their message accordingly will reach more people.
This method isn’t “dumbing down” specific concepts. It’s simply speaking to people in a language they understand. Try to incorporate more straightforward phrases into your vocabulary. You can even share stories and anecdotes as a way to make things personal. These tactics will make a difference.
6. Write Articles and Create Videos
Are you creative? If so, you should consider putting out content to raise awareness about environmental issues. This trick will be especially useful when you want to shine a light on unknown topics. There’s always room for articles and videos about how people can make a difference.
Pick issues you think more people need to know. You can use online platforms like blogs and YouTube to publish your content. Eventually, you should have a repertoire that helps raise awareness. We can never have too much information surrounding climate change.
Be sure to use your social media presence to promote your content. There’s a higher chance that people will see everything that way. You can also reach out to publications to see whether you can be featured.
Use These Tips to Get the Word Out About Climate Change
It’s essential for people who care for the planet to raise awareness about climate change. If we want to protect the Earth, we need everyone’s participation. Consider exploring these ideas to help you speak up and educate others.
About the author
Jane Marsh is the Editor-in-Chief of Environment.co. She covers topics related to climate policy, sustainability, renewable energy and more.