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Getting educated

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The first step to making a difference, I reckon, is to fully understand what’s wrong in the first place.

Sadly there are scores of big problems in the world today, from the global food shortage, to our dependence on oil, to human rights abuses.

As part of my personal campaign to rid myself of my apathy I’m going to get wise on these problems – find out what they’re about and what needs to be done.

That means a lot of reading, a lot of googling, and some emailing. But hey, I’m a journalist: that should be easy.

I’ve started on an issue I’ve written about several times before: Darfur and the (still) ongoing genocide.

Not On Our Watch by John Prendergast and Hollywood A-lister Don Cheadle is my first stop for a catch up.

In it, they try to breathe new life into the overused, and now hollow phrase, “Never Again”, by trying to inspire ordinary people not to let the genocide happen without action. They offer 6 steps to making a difference – just the sort of inspiration struggling apathetics like me need:

  1. Raise Awareness
  2. Raise Funds
  3. Write Letters
  4. Call for Divestment
  5. Join an organisation
  6. Lobby the government

Much to my own surprise, I’ve already done a couple of these things in the last couple of years. But I won’t let it stop there.

I’m also reading up on Climate Change – any book recommendations would be gratefully received!


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