Participez à l'action!
Avez-vous de bonnes idées qui n'attendent qu'à se concrétiser?
Avez-vous de la difficulté à rassembler des gens pour que ces idées
Quoi que vous vouliez changer, il existe des outils qui pourraient
transformer vos idées en réalité et vous propulser en action.
Créez un groupe, élaborez votre plan d'action et obtenez du soutien!
Vous pouvez faire bouger les choses!
in on the Action
Jen Grant and Myriam Hammami
Sierra Club of
Canada - Atlantic Canada Chapter
o you have
great ideas that are just waiting to get out? Are you having trouble
getting people together to make these ideas happen? Ideas are fine and
dandy in one's head but when it comes to putting action to your words
and start walking your talk, it's not always that easy. Or is it?
Whatever it is you want to change, there are some tools out there that
can help make your ideas a reality and get you in the action.
A group of grade 4-5 students learn about
the red fox during the program Places and
Plants, Spaces and Ants.
(photo: Heather Kelday)
There's a quote by Margaret Mead that goes "a small group of
people can make change happen, in fact that's the only thing that ever
has". So if you want to take action then getting a group together
may be the first essential step.
See: Starting a Youth
Planning for Action
It helps to plan ahead to organize how you can take action.
Here are 6 steps to Taking Action:
- Find your passion
- Research and discover
- Make an action plan
- Take action
- Evaluate and celebrate
(photo: Heather Kelday)
Find your Passion
Brainstorming ideas to figure out what the group is
passionate about and what they want to do is a great way to build up
energy for your event or project. When brainstorming it is important at
this stage to let everyone have a chance to voice their ideas and not
turn any ideas down no matter how ridiculous they may be.
Research and Discover
Once you find your passion, look into it and research it.
See what is already out there and may exist in your school or community.
Get some background information on your topic so you know more about the
issue you are tackling - this will help out in the long run.
Make an Action Plan
After gathering the necessary information, make a plan of
your event. What are you going to need? Who do you need to talk to? How
are you going to advertise your event? This is where the bulk of the
work happens so you can split and share the tasks among your group or
you can even reach out to other groups that may be interested in
Students conducting school ground investigations
of plants found in their 'backyard'.
(photo: Sierra Club of Canada - ACC)
When the plan is executed you can take action, whether it
is setting up a recycling program at your school, a youth conference, a
zine, a letter-writing campaign or a critical mass. All the prep work is
done and you are ready to put your plan to action - work as a team and
follow through on your project. Think about who your audience is and if
you can get media coverage.
Evaluate and Celebrate
Any action deserves celebrations no matter if they are
small successes or big ones. This may actually be one of the most
important parts to keep the energy of your group going. Having fun is a
With celebrations comes evaluation. To evaluate your event ask
yourselves questions such as:
- Was the event effective?
- Did we accomplish our original goals?
- If we do this again what needs to change?
- Did we have fun?
After you have asked yourself these questions, consider
how you are going to follow-up on your idea. If you do a youth
conference at your school how are you going to continue the connections
you have made with other schools. If it's a recycling program consider
who will take over after you've graduated or left.
A grade 4 student inquires about
a set of white tailed deer antlers.
(photo: Heather Kelday)
There are many project ideas that can be done without money but most
of them will require resources, anything from photocopying to recycling
bins. Many groups and organizations get money and resources through some
kind of fundraising. This can take the shape of vegan bake-sales to a
battle-of-bands. There are also non-profit and government agencies that
can provide funding. Normally you will have to apply for this funding
through a proposal so make sure to pay attention to the application
guidelines and deadlines.
Another source of support is through community groups. Many of these
groups are there to help and are especially good at providing locations
like community halls and getting the word out for your event.
These are a few ideas to help you bring your ideas to action and
"saving the world" may actually be closer than you think. Get
out and kick some butt and bring action to your words: think globally
and act locally.