7 Ways to Make the World a Better Place
Author: E.C. LaMeaux
The idea of changing the world can be daunting. It's not only easy but understandable to think, "I’m only one person; what can I really do?" If every person thinks that, nothing will get done. But if every person did just one thing to make the world a better place today, billions of acts of kindness, social responsibility and generosity would take place — and wouldn’t that alone change the face of this planet?
Helen Keller said, "I am only one, but still I am one; I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and just because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do." That is the attitude in which authors Linda Catling and Jeffery Hollender wrote the book How to Make the World a Better Place: 116 Ways You Can Make a Difference. Here is a list of some of their ideas, and a few others, on how to make the world a better place one small action at a time.
1. Volunteer your time at local schools
Whether you have a school-age child or not, children are the future of this world. Spend time helping them reach their potential by tutoring, mentoring or taking part in an after-school program.
2. Recognize the humanity of other people, and respect their dignity
Consciously realize that the homeless man you pass on the street every day is, in fact, a man. Through choices of his own or circumstances out of his control, he ended up in this situation, and that makes him no less human. Say hello and warmly greet him. Your greeting could bring healing to his heart, and help heal the world one person at a time. Treat people as equals, no matter how you interpret their social standing.
3. Use less paper
Our forests are being cut down at an alarming rate. Conserve the trees by conserving paper. Send an e-mail instead of a letter, type directions into your cell phone instead of writing them down, and bring your own fabric shopping bags to the store.
4. Drive less
Even the use of hybrid vehicles contributes to carbon emissions, greenhouse gases, and reduced air quality. Take a moment to consider how you can use your personal vehicle less. You could carpool or take public transportation to work, walk to church, or bike to pick up a few things from the store and make the world a better place.
5. Conserve water
Taking long showers and letting the water run as you brush your teeth are indulgences that negatively impact our world. Try to limit your water usage by timing how long you have the water running, and trying to beat that time the next time you turn on the faucet.
6. Donate to clean water charities
A large portion of the world is without fresh drinking water. Educate yourself about the drought epidemic, and make the world a better place by donating to organizations and charities helping to fight against the lack of clean water around the globe. Your donation could result in the reduction of preventable, water-related diseases.
7. Be generous
It's easy to be selfish with your time, money, and resources by getting caught up in our material-driven societal expectations. Try being generous and see how your life changes. Buy coffee for the person behind you in line at Starbucks, read to children at your local library, or simply stop and listen for the answer when you ask a friend how they're doing. Chances are that your generosity will energize you, and you'll feel less helpless about how to make the world a better place.
Making The World A Better Place To Live
In the world that we live in there is an abundance of issues that people are faced with daily that affect their everyday family lives in education, income, and health. Many of these people have no idea of where to turn for assistance or given such a difficult time to get the assistance they so desperately need that they suffer for long periods of time. Thankfully there are people and organizations who have the desire to help these individuals and families overcome the issues that can be so trying to make their lives better in so many ways. One non-profit organization which is very prominent within the community is The United Way. United Ways across brings diverse people and resources together to address the most urgent issues their communities face. Through their unique partnerships and approaches, United Ways muster resources beyond monies that are pledged through their fundraising efforts. United Way’s focus is to identify and resolve community issues as well as changes within the communities through partnerships with schools, government agencies, businesses, organized labor, financial institutions, community development corporations, voluntary and neighborhood associations, faith-based community and many others. Their primary goal is to create long lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems.
“America is facing an education crisis,” says Stacey D. Stewart, U.S. President of United Way Worldwide. “With more than 1.2 million children dropping out each year, we must work together to effect real change.” (Unitedway.org). United Way believes that education is the cornerstone of individual and community success. The United Way Organization is an advocate for education and works to help children succeed. Their goal is to decrease the number of high school drop outs. August of this year in Alexandria, VA United Way mobilized a national network with state and local organizations to promote a six-week back-to-school extravaganza to promote the importance of putting our kids’ education first. By gathering people locally for education as volunteers, supporters, and advocates, United Way across the country help children enter school ready to learn, read on grade level, and increase high school graduation rates. The organization believes that supporting education early will in turn help all children come to school ready to learn and succeed in life. That includes supporting funding for proven efforts like Early Start, home visiting, Head Start and Child Care Development Block Grant funding. By increasing their investments in programs that help students graduate high school; such as early warning and intervention systems, school turnaround and reform models, programs held outside of school, and academic re-entry and dropout recovery programs, and policies that help the youth go to college and get career training through Technical Education, United Way hopes that this will help decrease the millions of...
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