It took me some time to realise that the "small, simple" actions I was taking against oppression in my own daily life, even if simply raising an important issue with my friends, family and colleagues, added up to more activism than I thought, and it was just as real and impactful.
In fact, we're all activists to varying degrees; it just depends on how you look at it.
After all, who hasn't at some point in time in some small way stood up against injustice - especially when it becomes personal?
Perhaps, then, I have to redefine my definition of activism. Who are activists anyway? People who have nothing to lose? People who have everything to lose? People who feel a sense of right and wrong more so than others? What I'm coming to realise is that activism comes in all shapes and sizes and can be witnessed in the most unlikely of places. global environmental and social issues become more and more of a pressing concern across the world, it's imperative that all types of activists work together, no matter what socioeconomic class or background they may come from. Listening to and understanding one another isn't just necessary, it's critical.
The Earth has never felt smaller as we come together to solve massive issues like climate change, and everyone will need to do their part. After all, the process of large-scale change isn't short term, and it isn't about working in isolation: It's about working across party lines, not against them; it's about protesting, but then getting in the door so your voice is heard; it's about humanizing issues and doing everything possible to protect our planet for generations to come.
That's the common thread that links all activists - whether rich or poor, famous or not; it's the issue at hand that's most important and what ultimately unites us. When we're faced with daunting threats to the very planet we live on, there really is no alternative: Work together to improve the system, or we all go down. The stakes are higher than ever.