Saving the planet though might take a little bit of work. It is an enormous task, after all. By comparison, the small deeds that you’ll need to do to help out seem rather pale and insignificant. Truth be told though, they matter a lot to the people you are helping out as well as to the planet.
Slacktivism in Action
One of the greatest things you can do for your slacktivism service or sacrifice is to help someone clean. Whether you are helping yourself, your neighbor, your favorite community organization, or even your church, the fact that you are helping clean is a great first step.
But, if you really want to make this work for the betterment of the planet you’re going to need to organize methods to either donate, recycle, or reuse as many of the items you’re cleaning as possible. Your organizational skills can go a long towards helping others in your community as well as communities far away.
Coordinate with groups that will help remove the items no longer wanted or needed by the person you’re cleaning for. There are many organizations like Goodwill, Kars4kids, and many others that will come and pick up the items being donated while also helping with all the forms that are needed to ensure the right person is able to receive tax breaks for the items that were donated.
Think about any kind of clothing, old cars, gaming laptops, dressers, school supplies… everything can be recycled.
When you’re the one coordinating all of this, you’re not only helping the person you’re cleaning for, your community as a whole, or the organization that you are donating the items to but also families in communities far away that will reap the rewards of your efforts. You don’t even need to leave your neighborhood to do all these good works either.
Benefiting the Planet
But how does the planet benefit from your slacktivism at times like this? For every item that is kept out of the landfill and used to create new jobs, new items, or even to be reused by new families, there is one less item of that size and bulk occupying real estate in a landfill. It is one less item that is being returned to the earth long before its time.
Can you imagine what a difference it would make for the sake of the world if every family was able to save one item each month from a landfill and share, give, or exchange it with another family instead? The best activism doesn’t start with drastic efforts done by one, but little bitty baby steps that are made by many. Slacktivism is an excellent example of that in action, or inaction as the case may be.