Every single day the world gets a little bit scarier, a little bit crazier. Our newsfeeds are filled with political bias and war threats, our TV screens blare out scandals and play down environmental neglect. With all that is going on, it can sometimes feel as though there is nothing we can do, but as parents, we are left with no choice but to bring-up the movers and the shakers, the ones who will stand up and say “no’ and will fight for all that is good in this world.
We can change the world one person at a time, and even if we can make one person’s life a little better or put a smile on an old face, we are doing well. Here are six simple ways you can make the world a better place.
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Become an animal fosterer
Every family wants a pet, but it’s not always possible to own one due to circumstances of work and travel. However, if you have the capability of fostering an animal, so they don’t have to live in a cage at a rescue center, then you will find that your life will be filled with joy! Of course, it will be heartbreaking when your foster dog or cat moves onto their forever home, but you and your family will be able to give another one the love they deserve in no time.
Giving blood is one of the most powerful and rewarding ways in which you can make this world better. By taking some time out to give blood, you could actually save an actual human life. How cool is that? You also get given tea and biscuits after you have been drained of your life blood, which is also a win in my books.
Buy from local businesses
Changing your shopping habits to buying local is a great step to make. By doing this, you will be reducing your carbon footprint by not buying food and products which have flown halfway around the world to be on the store shelves, supporting local businesses and keeping money flowing through your community and, purchasing from ethical businesses. If you are trying to eat healthy, then why not buy your vegetables from a local farm shop? And your meat from the butchers? You will probably find that the quality of the produce you buy is much higher, too!
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Promote causes you care about
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of charities and good causes out there that need promoting, and most won’t have a hope in hell if it weren’t for the people who shout about them from the rooftops and spread the word to their friends and family. Take the No Birds Bash website, for example; they are a charity I had never heard of before, until a friend of a friend started talking about them on Facebook! Causes need support; do your bit.
Volunteering doesn’t have to take up much time, and you can do as much or as little as you like. Maybe you and your family could help plant trees one weekend a month, or maybe you could all go down to a care home and play games with the elderly? This is a great family activity and will teach your kids about compassion and care for others.