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Do One Thing

What ONE thing can you do to make the world a better place?

There’s an awful lot going on to be depressed about. Our last two rants addressed issues in education that will take concerted effort on the part of millions of us to effect change. Sometimes it seems so overwhelming, it seems easier to just put on blinders and live on hope.

That won’t do it.

The Emily Fund for a Better World suggests selecting one issue you feel strongly about and devoting one day to bringing people together to do somethingto make a difference. Here are some special “issue” days in the coming months or visit the website to find others. Which one(s) speak to you?

CoOp Day   - July 7*
Population Day - July 11
Simplicity Day - July 12
Justice Day - July 17
Parents Day - July 22*
Forgiveness Day   - August 5*
Friendship Day - August 5*
Hiroshima Day - August 6
Indigenous Day - August 9
Youth Day - August 12
Civil Rights Day - August 12
Senior Citizens Day - August 21
Women's Equality Day - August 26

Have children or are you teaching this summer? The Emily Fund is sponsoring the Do One Thing video scholarships for kids and students ages 10 to 24.

And if you only have a few minutes or an hour or two…

Here are some things to do every day.

  • Wish someone a peaceful day.
  • Read to learn more about the issues important to you.
  • Don’t just listen or yell at the TV news. Stand up for what you believe. Tweet, blog, Facebook, write a letter to the editor, call your local politicians, march…
  • Join a group focused on an issue important to you.
  • Read a book about that issue to a child.

Make ripples. They can become waves!

What else can we do? Post your ideas in comments.

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