"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it" - Robert Swan OBE, polar explorer
It is easy to feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes to climate change and to ask yourself if it is really going to make a difference if you switch from a plastic bottle of shampoo to a shampoo bar. Well, yes. The answer is always "YES".
Did you know that it only takes 3.5% of the population to get on board for a movement to take off? So it doesn't really take that many of us to get the ball rolling. A small minority can change the world.
That statistic - from research on civil disobedience by Erica Chenoweth, a political scientist at Harvard University - inspired Extinction Rebellion's protests.
So never feel that your contribution is insignificant.
We love to have conversations with different people and organisations on combating climate change and one of the best times to do this is during our workshops when we always enjoy seeing everyone chatting, encouraging each other and passing on tips and ideas.
There is so much to learn and it is so good to feel part of something bigger. If you’re ready to learn more, why not come to one of our events or find a local group you could connect with? Or you might want to start your own group of eco-buddies. Getting together, whether in a formal setting or informally over a drink, will really inspire you to do more.
You can then influence others. Use peer pressure in a good way so everyone in your various social circles knows what you are doing and wants to join you.
Maybe there is not a group local to you, or not one that meets at a time convenient to you. Maybe someone needs to start one.
We go back to our original question - if not you, then who?