Having recognised that there is a need for change, the next issue is how to work to make a difference in those areas that we see as needing change. The type of action required depends on the issue that is being faced at the time.
One of the most obvious ways to attempt to make a difference is through direct action. In this case, it does not mean taking to the streets. It means doing something about what the problem is.
It can be too easy sometimes to fall into a cycle of complaining about what is around us. Often just doing it yourself can be the best approach if you want to make a difference in your local community.
Where can I take action?
For some people, there may be the chance to contribute to change in other places by volunteering to work directly with people in need overseas. This is a worthwhile thing to do, but not always easy. It is easy to forget the simple things we sometimes do to help the people next door, or even those in our own school.
Examples of local activities that we can undertake at home in order to make a difference might include
For more information and activities of this type, see our Service-Learning section. These actions will not change the lives of thousands, but if thousands do these things, there will be significant change. The small things that add up locally can be seen at the Environment Centre of Western Australia.
Child Labour: Something for Action!
On the global level, while we cannot all head overseas to help in the Mozambique floods or in areas of India with extreme poverty, but there are actions we can take that will make a difference to the lives of others. One area in particular that is of concern is the use of child labour.
is used in some countries because it is cheap, children do not belong
to unions, they can be bullied into working in unsafe and poorly paid
situations.The solution to this problem is not as simple as banning the
children from working. At a local level, we cando a few practical things: