There is a fine line between patience and stagnation.
When should you do something?
When should you do nothing?
Should there be a balance of both?
As Edmund Burke says, “nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
My last blog post was about the importance of not allowing a limitation of means to prevent you from actively contributing to issues you are passionate about. The Global Climate Action Strike that occurred on September 20th of last year is a wonderful catalyst for this conversation, especially in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
Haven’t heard of it?
What on earth does this have to do with community engagement or higher education?
The Global Climate Action Strike was inspired and planned by global youth including 16-year old Swede, Greta Thunberg. The estimated number of global participants ranged from 4-7 million individuals in well over 100 countries on almost every continent. The purpose and goal of this protest was to disrupt normal society in a way that would force world leaders, politicians, and law-makers to listen and re-prioritize the issue of climate change.
Let us back up.
Not everyone is aware of what the disastrous effects of global climate change can be, why the Climate Action Strike took place, or even how climate change can affect you and your family. We can help fix that with good old Bill Nye: