Does Activism Actually Work?
Combat Climate Change Today
Good tidings from Save Our Happy Place, your weekly pop of environmental & climate activism! Our goal is to empower you to make easy and consistent efforts towards combating climate change. 2021 was one hell of a year, so this week we’re going to kick back, celebrate climate victories big and small, and raise a glass to all the good work you have done this year.
Cheers and happy new year!
Activism Actually Works
And other good notes to end your year on
From students to bloggers, to NGOs and Hedge Funds, climate activists of all shapes and sizes have made waves in 2021. Save Our Happy Place activists, *clears throat ...you*, advocated for the passing of climate policy in the Infrastructure Bill, and that bill passed. From the looks of it, there is hope and reason to be optimistic about turning the tides in favor of a more sustainable future. Will we have to keep advocating? Yes. We will need to keep applying pressure? Yes. But could it actually work? Yes.
But don’t take my word for it. Here is a quote from a recent Oxford Study touting the power of activism:
“The most far-reaching threat to fossil fuel companies comes from increased social and political stigmatization of their activities and the resultant uncertainties around their long-term viability.”
And here is another quote from the oil & gas company Enbridge Energy:
“Unprecedented actions by state, local and tribal governments to attempt to regulate, and ultimately shut down, existing pipeline infrastructure is a new and emerging risk not imagined just five years ago.”
So what does this mean for you?
What you say matters. What you do matters. How you live matters. You can make a difference. In this podcast episode of the The Argument by NY Times, they explain how taking consistent activism measures, like those offered in Save Our Happy Place, is the best way for you to combat climate change. The democratic and capitalist society we already live in is our greatest tool for evoking change. Voting literally at polls, figuratively with your money, and continuously voicing your opinion to your representatives is the most effective way to evoke systemic change for the systemic issues fueling climate change.
Your ONE Climate Action for the Week
Let’s close out 2021 with one last simple action. Invite your friends and family to take part in climate action with you by sharing Save Our Happy Place with them. The more people that actively engage in the climate movement the more likely we are to ward off the most serious effects of climate change. This is going to take all of us, so why not share this journey with someone else looking for a way to get involved?
Ready to Kick Off 2022 Right?
Make Sustainability & Activism Your New Years Resolution
This year we are partaking in the 2022 Sustainability Challenge! But don’t worry, it’ll be a piece of cake. Every week, Save Our Happy Place will send you the exact move you need to make to make an impact towards saving our planet.
How to take part in the Climate Resolution Challenge:
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Grab an accountability partner: Share in this journey with a friend, family member, or partner. Hold each other accountable and have fun with it! The more the merrier, as the saying goes.
Sign Your Friends Up for the Climate Resolution Challenge
Let Us Know How It’s Going: Check-In #ClimateChallege and tag @SaveOurHappyPlace. We’d love to see how you’re taking on the challenge and making it your own. This is also a great opportunity to inspire others to take climate action.
Rays of Sunshine
Year in Review: When Activism Really Worked
2021 was filled with small wins for the climate catalyzed by activists just like you. The list is extensive, but here are a few of the big wins from the past year.
Keystone XL pipeline terminated. - Read More
Shell offshore oil field project near the U.K. terminated. - Read More
Williams fracked gas pipeline in NY terminated. - Read More
Small activist hedge fund wins spots on Exxon Mobil’s board.- Read More
Shell lost lawsuit and must reduce CO2 emissions by 45%.- Read More
Shareholders at Chevron voted to reduce emissions. - Read More
Financial Institute ABP is divesting from fossil fuels. - Read More
Jordan Cove LNG & Pacific Connector pipelines terminated. - Read More
Louisiana plastic plant project stalled. - Read More
EPA bans toxic pesticide Chlorpyrifos. - Read More
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