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One Person Can Make A Difference

Be Brave Enough To Make A Difference!

Image and Quote by Bob Riley from: quotetab.com

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. Mother Teressa

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do. And by the grace of God, I will. Edward Everett Hale

You can really change the world if you care enough. Marian Wright Edelman

Are we brave enough to make a difference? This world we all live in is oh! so phenomenal. Life in all its diversity is so stupendous. Our minds cannot truly comprehend. Our world is calling for our help. What humankind is doing to our home is breaking our hearts. One person can make a difference!

Do we as a species understand? We are also a part of nature! We are destroying our own home!

Well, you have read my title ‘One Person Can Make a Difference’ and thought to yourself she is a little crazy. Every time we switch on the T.V., we are bombarded with images of either extreme human poverty or the plight of endangered species.

Are you left scratching your head, as I am? What can one person do to make a difference? Yes, a small donation here and there to organizations such as Amnesty International and Greenpeace. All these small donations do add up. But we still want and must do more, yes?

Making it possible for us to do something?

Shall we concentrate on?

  • End extreme poverty;
  • Fight inequality and injustice;
  • Save endangered species;
  • Fix climate change;
  • Stop pollution;
  • Fix ….

Just a minute here! Too much for us to fix — one person making a difference at a time. Right?

Many One Persons fighting for our world photo taken by Callum Shaw from: unsplash.com

I think we are bound to, and by, nature. We may want to deny this connection and try to believe we control the external world, but every time there’s a snowstorm or drought, we know our fate is tied to the world around us. Alice Hoffman

I am going to choose one which I can do something about. And, at the same time start to make a difference. This being: trying in my small way to Fix Climate Change. We all agree we don’t want our beautiful and amazing world to end up like another Mars. Do we???

T.V. has bombarded our minds with ever more alarming news. Records scaring us with such statistics as 2010–2019 was the warmest decade ever recorded. Believe me, living on a rural property in the northwest of Moree in drought years. I thoroughly know this to be true. I experienced it for myself.

Farmers living through so many, many years without rain. Brown instead of green in all their pastures. Not easy on the eye or the wallet.

We are not blind to what climate change is doing. We all feel so small and insignificant. Faced with news stating: “climate change is affecting every country” (un.org/sustanabledevelopment).

I want to live in a rural district where hard-working farmers can earn a living from their properties. I am going to make a difference! I, in my small way, am going to Fix Climate Change. I lived on a very large property for well over 14 years. Therefore, I know first-hand the battle farming families go through in drought years.

Charities such as the Red Cross and the Country Women’s Association were inundated with cries for help. I know, I was a member of the Collarenabri branches of these vital organizations.

Many, many farms sold for next to nothing. Farmers, grown men brought to tears. Having to sell their farms. Crops, cattle and sheep dying — just no rain — just no water! Farms have been in their families for many generations. Sold! Sold many times to overseas buyers, for so much less than they were worth. Their debts are not even covered.

What a farm should look like a photo taken by Collin Armstrong from: unsplash.com

For me personally, I’m an activist, so I see a lot of turmoil and heartache in the world and tragedy. Nazanin Boniadi

The heartache. Oh! The heartache. Youth suicide in rural and regional areas became oh! so common a topic on local news. Such a tragedy. Young lives are lost in their prime. Parents grieving. I cannot even contemplate their grief — their loss.

Yes, I as one person will make a difference. My ripple will float across the oceans. I will make a dent in Fixing Climate Change — I must!!!

These farmers don’t speak of it as Climate Change. They just gaze up at the sky each morning. Hoping, begging, seeking. Praying for rain. They, of course, have suffered drought before. But nothing like this one. Not for oh! so many continuous years.

Yes, eventually the rains did come. Those who had lost their farms could not return.

Does your heartbreak for those who lost everything? Mine does! We have to act! I know I am going to make my ripples count!

Rains do come after the drought photo taken by Chris Barbalis from: unsplash.com

Years of drought and famine come and years of flood and famine come, and the climate is not changed with dance, libation or prayer. John Wesley Powell

One person can make a difference, and everyone should try. John F. Kennedy

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. Steve Jobs

As one person I must try to make a dent in fixing Climate Change. Yes, indeed believe me I am crazy enough to tackle Goliath and ‘Fix Climate Change’, or at least start to in my little way.

When you turn on the local news night after night and witness horrific scenes of cattle that are either dead or dying. Your heartbreaks. Mine did! Your mind screams out, what can I do? How can I help? Help I must. I did in my small way back then. The crisis-the drought — thank God — has ended.

Yet, the world is still calling for my, our, help. Saving lives, those of people, livestock and wildlife all around the globe. Calling for us to save them and save them Now!

Have you already powered your home with renewable energy?

  • Solar Power — use the sun to generate electricity with solar panels on your roof;
  • Solar Heating —use solar energy to provide hot water and heating all year round;
  • Air Source Heat Pumps — use a renewable energy system that uses heat from the outside air to provide you with heating and hot water.

Are you ready for some good news? Solar panels on your roof not only decrease carbon emissions. It also decreases the cost of our electricity bills. This has to be a win/win solution, yes?

And, when I can afford it, my next car is going to be a Hybrid. One which uses electricity as well as petrol. I have been assured this too reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

I am trying. My electricity provider assures me their company is using initiatives to reduce electricity production away from fossil fuels. Again reducing the production of carbon dioxide and its release into our atmosphere.

Solar Panels on People’s Homes photo taken by Jeremy Bazanger from: unsplash.com

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. Jake Goodall

There is no greater reward than working from your heart, and making a difference in the world. Carlos Santana

Congratulations! You have decided to be the One to Make a Difference! To make a difference in this beautiful and amazing world. All it needs is an optimistic person like you to gather friends, family and acquaintances. After all, every one of us wants to live in a better world. A world is rich in life and diversity for ourselves and future generations.

Have you ever thought reducing the amount of water you use is yet another way of reducing carbon pollution? How’s that you may ask! A great deal of energy is needed to pump, heat and treat the water in our homes. Never thought of this, did we!

There are several simple measures to reduce water usage:

  • Take shorter showers;
  • Take showers instead of baths;
  • Turn off the tap when brushing our teeth and
  • Switch to ‘Water-Sense’ labelled fixtures and appliances.

These simple measures could save millions of kilowatt-hours of electricity. This again reduces the production of greenhouse gas emissions.

We have decided we are brave enough. Or is it, we are crazy enough to believe! One Person Can Make A Difference! You and I care enough to be this person. You and I have decided what it is we are passionate enough about to fight for. To face our target. In our small way to fix such a gigantic problem.

Now is the time to congratulate ourselves just a little. We are fighting on behalf of our beautiful and amazing world. We will enlist, gently and kindly, of course, the help of others.

Our ripples will turn into massive waves!

Our small voices will be heard!

One person added to many more one persons will save our world!

What a Wonderful World photo was taken by Jared Erondu from: unsplash.com

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Diane Markey

Diane Markey

Professional Artist. I write stories about Inspiration, Love and Life Lessons. Written from my heart and from life experiences. Qualified Personal Counsellor.