Before I became DorkyMum, I worked full time as a climate change campaigner. It was a brilliant job – especially for a recent graduate – as it required me to develop so many different skills. I had to do a bit of fundraising, a bit of media work, some political lobbying, supporting volunteers, organising events and – of course – lots of pretty dull admin stuff too.
Towards the end of my three years there, I started to become a bit disheartened with the work. It felt like the results we were getting from our campaigns were in no way equal to the effort we were all putting in. It was so frustrating to be working full time on something and only ever celebrating the smallest of victories. With all the will in the world, we could organise a hundred postcard campaigns or lobbies of parliament, and we would never achieve our aim of halting human induced climate change.
It was probably just as well that DorkySon’s arrival forced me to take a few years off from campaigning, before total disillusionment set in.
With a few years distance from that job – now that I’m no longer spending my days stuffing envelopes or entering MPs details into spreadsheets – I’m now in a position where I can see that effective campaigning really does make a difference. Not long after I left the job, the Scottish Government passed their world-leading Climate Change legislation, which was something we had been campaigning on for months. That hasn’t – and won’t – singlehandedly stop climate change, but it was definitely a step in the right direction.
Campaigning can lead to change. Signing a petition is an effective way to make your voice heard. Politicians will pay attention if we all keep pestering them, and making sure that the things we care about aren’t forgotten.
Today marks one year since fighting started in Syria. Save the Children were one of the first charities to stand up and call for an end to the killing. They are continuing to make that call, as well as asking for access to children in the country who are frightened and in need of medical care.
This video is from a Save the Children worker on the border between Syria and Lebanon. Take two minutes to watch this, and then add your name to Save the Children’s online petition, if you think the killing should stop now.
27,000 people have signed up already, but with your help we can make that number even higher. And with your help we can make the killing stop.