One of the books patiently sitting on my To Be Read pile is ‘What Can I Do? My Path from Climate Despair to Action’ by Jane Fonda. The title itself raises a crucial question — how can we move from despair to action for any area where we are overwhelmed with hopelessness?
Leading by Example:
The question “What can I do?” was recently answered (brilliantly) by River Backwell, a six-year-old Canadian boy, who demonstrated that “we can all do something even if it is small to start with.” The video clip is linked below. If you view only one part of this post, please do not miss this.
Taking River’s Lead:
Images of the devastating war against Ukraine are difficult to view. Instead of hardening ourselves against these images or spiralling down through a range of emotions, we can take River’s lead. We can stay informed, urge government/businesses for their support, help to amplify an urgent appeal, fundraise, offer shelter, volunteer our time/effort and/or donate to an endless array of supporting agencies. Here are just a few options. There are many, many more.
Red Cross From February 24 to March 18, the Canadian Government offered to match Red Cross donations made by Canadian citizens to support Ukraine for up to $30 million. This goal was achieved on March 4. The Red Cross still urgently requires funds to assist in Ukraine.
Donate Points ∞
Offer Shelter ∞
Ukraine Take Shelter In just three days, Avi Schiffmann and Marco Burstein, young students at Harvard, developed and launched this website in 12 languages. Their goal is for Ukrainian refugees fleeing war can immediately find hosts with free rooms, apartments unused in resorts, big or small cities or school dorms.
Use Whatever Platform You Have ∞
Saturday Night Live (example)
Sunflowers in the Snow (example)
This is just a partial list. There are many other reliable charities supporting Ukraine. Have a favourite charity that I missed? Please include it in the comments below. Regardless of how powerless we may initially feel, our words and actions can make a substantial difference.
My Peace Project
In my previous Word of the Year Link Party Post, I shared my Travelling Book of Inner Peace Project. Although this action is also incredibly small, I hope that it does help others to reflect on peace and then pass that on. Below is a pictorial update of where each book has landed so far. And here are two reviews that one of the recipients kindly left on Goodreads and Bookcrossings.
Choosing ‘Peace’ as my 2022 Word of the Year (WOTY) has ensured that I am never at a loss of big topics to reflect upon. How has your WOTY been helping to guide you in 2022?