Environmental campaigner Julia Butterfly Hill (who spent 2 years living in a redwood tree in California, to stop it being cut down) once wrote a book called ‘One Makes the Difference’. You likely have heard if you’re vegan the argument that ‘you won’t make that much difference’. There was once a story of a guru who was asked why he was bothering to rescue a stranded fish at the seaside as it would not make that much difference. He replied ‘It will to that particular fish’.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead
The man who moves a mountain, begins by carrying small stones. Confucius
Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress – which means you get there a little at a time. Not all at once. Curiano Quotes Life
Great things are not done by impulse. But by a series of small things brought together. Vincent Van Gogh
It’s true that one person switching to a plant-based diet is a small drop in the ocean. But it’s also true that one truly does make the difference. Let’s look at how many animals you save by going vegan: the average is believed to be around 105 a year, you can get a more accurate number at the Vegan Calculator website. For instance if you have been vegan for 15 years, you have saved almost 5,500 animals! You have also saved over 111,000 pounds of carbon emissions, 164,000 square feet of forest, 241,000 pounds of grain (which could be used to feed starving humans) and almost 6 million gallons of fresh water.
The animal stats page is quite shocking, calculating how many animals have been killed since you took a look. It also details how many creatures are killed each year for human consumption (from the millions and billions of ‘conventional meats’ to others like rodents, horses, donkeys and camels).
Zero waste campaigner Anne Marie Bonneau is known for her quote about the zero waste lifestyle: we don’t need one person doing everything perfectly; we need millions and billions of people doing it imperfectly. So if you eat meat one day or feel pressured into drinking some non-vegan wine or accidentally ingest a bit of palm oil – don’t beat yourself up. If you are trying daily to make tiny changes for the common good, then vegans and non-vegans alike applaud you. If you feel a bit bad if you make a mistake, it likely means you care – and that’s good!
Books on How One Makes the Difference
The Compassionate Universe explores how one individual can help prevent climate change. Master teacher Eknath Easwaran looks at the spiritual roots of our present crisis and offers a hopeful way forward, drawing inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi, St Francis and his own experience of living in the east and west.He looks at Candhi’s ‘seven social sins’: knowledge without character, science without humanity, wealth without work, commerce without morality, politics without principles, pleasure without conscience and worship without self-sacrifice. Once we open our eyes to co-operation, art, thrift and compassion, we begin to see thousands of little things to help restore the planet, and restore dignity and happiness in our own lives.
Inspired to Make a Difference Every Day is an illustrated journal to inspire. With colourful artwork and quotes plus space to make notes, find ideas like:
- Donate unused credit card points or air miles to charity
- Pet-sit for someone working shifts
- Write a glowing review of a local business
- Volunteer a shift a local soup kitchen
- Forgive someone who hurt you
- Praise a colleague’s hard work to their boss
- Offer to grocery shop or pet-sit
- Attend a service for a faith that’s not your own
- Give your family screen-free time for a day
- Plant trees in your community (see toxic plants to avoid near pets)
Be the Ultimate Friend of the Earth by Lucy Siegle tackles the 10 big topics and to reach our net zero and stories and questions. From recycling to the importance of flora and fauna and planet-friendly food, look at how consumer habits and lifestyles affect the planet, and the changes we cna make now, packed with stories and tips to have a positive impact on the planet.
Rumi’s Wisdom on Making a Difference
Rumi (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī) was a Persian Islamic scholar and Sufi mystic. If you think that all Muslims are terrorists, ponder on the words of this great poet and spiritual master. Not many people have ever written such beautiful words on life, love and the mysteries of our Universe. yet he died back in 1273, things have not progressed much.
Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise. So I am changing myself.
Why do you stay in prison, when the door is so wide open?
Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul, there is no such thing as separation.
I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.
When the world pushes you to your knees, you’re in the perfect position to pray.
Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion. Bewilderment brings intuitive knowledge.
There’s a field somewhere beyond all doubt and wrong doing. I’ll meet you there.
Grace comes to forgive, and then forgive again.