Will the newly inaugurated US president, Mr. Donald Trump, ruin all of America’s progress, or even the world’s progress, towards becoming greener? This question is bouncing around millions of people’s minds. To tackle this question, we must assess the situation, create objectives, plan accordingly, and then, take actionable steps to accomplish the objectives.
With Trump’s inauguration came a world of protest. Not only did Americans protest, but men and women worldwide are still protesting as I type; and, it has already been two months since his election. Coral Davenport of the New York Times tells of Trump’s fierce disbelief in climate change. Trump is going so far as to “[vow] to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency ‘in almost every form.’” After the wildly successful and global Women’s March on January 21, 2017, would-be protesters have gained the courage to stand their ground against Trump on April 29, 2017 in Washington, D.C. at the People’s Climate March.
This People’s Climate March committee states, “Donald Trump’s election is a threat to the future of our planet.” With this in mind, we must vow ourselves to improve the environment, even in the face of great opposition. Here is what you can practically do to promote a greener, safer, and better world for the generations to come, even in light of Trump’s actions.
1) March on Washington
Join the People’s Climate March on April 29, 2017.
2) Become a People’s Climate Mobilization Partner
On the People’s Climate website, there is a form you can fill out for your organization to affect climate change. “We are mobilizing specifically for 100 hours of action at the beginning of Trump’s Presidency,” they state, “and escalating from there towards a massive march [in April]… If you are interested in supporting the effort, please fill out this form.”
3) Lobby Elected Officials
Listen to the AFSCME on how they lobby elected officials. Although they have a different message, their method is still golden. They offer insights into why you should lobby, how to write to an official, how to run a meeting with an official, and how to communicate powerfully.
4) Personally Implement Green Practices
There is a wide variety of literature on how to be “green.” Here’s an article that simply explains ten ways to do this.
5) Green Your Office
Reach out to your superior and/or Human Resource Director on ideas you have, concerning greening the office. Maybe even consider creating a powerpoint presentation to pitch your ideas. Show you are serious and that this is a serious matter. Of course, stay professional by not referencing politics, but use some of the same messaging you use with lobbying officials in your message to your employer. Here are “30 Easy Ways to Go Green in the Office.”
These five examples should keep you busy for a long time, depending on how deeply you enact them. These can seem overwhelming, but here is the trick to staying motivated: Focus on the solution, not the problem. If you only look at the mountain in front of you that you have to climb and not your powerful gear, knowledgeable team, and reward at the top, you will fail. Your firepower is what you have, not what you don’t.