A Day Without a Woman – Weds March 8

daywowomanHow does one make an impact on “A Day Without a Woman”? In trying to puzzle this out, I consider many of the roles I have played and currently play.

Who does it hurt?

If you’re a mother of young children, you can’t very well “strike” and leave toddlers unfed, babies undiapered. Sure, some women might have the luxury of dumping the kids on some male, but when my kids were small that was simply not an option. It was more of “the buck stops here,” squarely on my shoulders.

If you’re a homeschooling mom, or an after-school-activities mom, you can’t abandon your kids’ education, nor refuse to drive them to classes and activities. Rather than a political statement, it simply hurts your children.

Are you taking care of the Resistance?

You are one of the most precious assets we have. And by “we” I mean people who view a healthy environment, human rights, and a positive legacy for future generations as a moral obligation.

These current political times demand activism for the long haul. That means we must tag-team, each of us taking our turn in the marches and demonstrations – which unfortunately may be our constant mode of operation for the next 4-8 years.

The fight for these meaningful goals for the long haul means we must take care of ourselves and each other.

Here are some great suggestions on how to do that:

What you can do about the environment right now

Right to peaceably assemble by Joanne Vana Poyourow 1979

Right to peaceably assemble by Joanne Vana Poyourow 1979

ECM has long been a source of positive environmental news and proactive solutions — about many environmental news, but particularly about global warming.

Right now, this week, is a disheartening time for those who care deeply about our environment and human survival. But I encourage you to tap into what you CAN do…

SHOW UP

(while you still can) Right now, protest rallies and marches are happening on a regular basis. Tune in to your favorite cause – be that climate, noDAPL, Flint water, immigration, voters rights, BlackLivesMatter, gun control, anything that is threatened. And participate in physical rallies whenever you can spare the time. 

How to keep fighting – the 2017 version

It’s a new year. But even moreso, it’s a completely new era. The ground rules have all changed – from what is fact, to what is science, to what is news – to the point that many of us hardly know which way is up.

In the midst of all this turmoil, there have been a few articles which really helped me solidify my own direction.

One of these is a thoughtful, well-considered post by Ijeoma Oluo, “7 Ways you can keep fighting for justice in 2017.” And the things it recommends are both healing and calculated to gain long-term action.

Solidarity, Resistance, Resolve and Resilience

What next? Certainly we are all watching national headlines in shock and horror. Most of the things that matter to us most – from climate action to human rights to the sanctity of the U.S. Constitution itself – are in serious jeopardy at this moment.

I remember back in 2000 when dismaying election results began rolling in. A dear friend pointed out to me that when the going gets tough, activists get tougher. We get moving. We take action.

Global warming ACTION smartphone app

climate appWhat if there were a smartphone app that helped you adopt low-carbon lifestyles?

What if your phone reminded you with fun little tips each day … and nudged you toward greening your lifestyle and lowering your carbon footprint?

One of the hardest things about greening our lifestyles is that we need habit change.  Habit change can be hard, because – well – we’re already in the habit of doing things the old way.

What you need to know about social media vs. social change organizations

FBtw iconECM is a small organization, and I spend most of my time organizing change-making projects and events for the general public.  When I post to social media, I strive to make it really high quality stuff.

You won’t get news about the latest pop stars, and we don’t do $ promoted posts.  I don’t post often, but when I do, I’ll share info about ECM events and projects, or a link to some wonderful article I’ve found about how someone is making the world a better place.

Algorithms don’t like this.  In fact, they’re programmed to suppress it.  It’s part of the end of net neutrality.  The big platforms like Facebook & Twitter are now DECIDING FOR YOU what constitutes a “quality post.”  They’re programming what they put in front of you, and what they allow you to see.