Kids can get involved in making the world a better place, too.

Here’s part three in our list of actions that you can take, no matter what your age.


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Image by John Riordan - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

SEEK OUT A NEMESIS

Speak to someone you disagree with.

Have a full discussion as though both your perspectives are valid and worthy of discussion. Because here’s the thing… you might just find out that they are.

Image by John Riordan

Image by Siiri Viljakka - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

LISTEN, PAY ATTENTION, & RESPECT

Respect the wishes of other people. If someone, for example, asks you to call them “him” instead of “her”, do it. Trust their judgement about themselves.

Links to find out more

Image by Siiri Viljakka


Image by Richy K. Chandler - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

RESEARCH YOUR GOOD INTENTIONS

Read up on how people prefer to be supported. Your assumptions may not be quite right.

Image by Richy K. Chandler


Image by Penny Sharp - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

GIVE UP A LUXURY

In the habit of buying something you don’t need?

Whether it’s your mocha-chocca-latte of a morning or your fast-fashion habit, why not challenge yourself to give it up — for good, or for a set amount of time — then give the money you would have spent to an organisation that really needs it.

Image by Penny Sharp

Image by Simon Russell - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

PUT THE PRESSURE ON

Tell your MP or other representative what you expect them to do about the issues that matter to you. And keep telling them.

You might get a pat, generic response: that’s not good enough, and you should write back to tell them so. Otherwise, how will they know? It’s our job to hold our representatives to account.

Links to find out more

Image by Simon Russell


Image by Emmi Bat - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

SPEND WISELY

Read up on the places where you spend your money: do they pay their workers a living wage? Do they support sweatshops or child labour? Do they fund the weapons industry or finance a political party that you disagree with?

Many apps and websites can help you. Shopping with local independent businesses can also help you avoid many of the big, bad brands.

Links to find out more

Image by Emmi Bat


Image by Danny Noble - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

LAYER UP

Instead of turning the heating on, put another layer on. Just like your mum told you.

Image by Danny Noble


Image by Sarah Lippett - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

EAT LESS MEAT

More people are recognising the serious impact of the meat industry on our planet.

Producing meat — especially beef — destroys forests to make way for grazing land, diverts scarce water resources and uses up resources to produce animal feed that could be used to grow vegetables and grains, feeding more people.

Cows’ burps also produce massive amounts of methane, a climate-changing gas twenty-five times more potent than carbon dioxide.

Eating less meat, or going vegetarian, can only be a good thing. Good for the planet, and good for you, too.

Links to find out more

Image by Sarah Lippett


Image by Steven Appleby - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

BE WHO YOU ARE

…and allow others to be who they are.

BlackLivesMatter say ‘be unapologetically black’.

The same can apply across all ways of being. Be who you are, unapologetically. And help others do the same.

Links to find out more

Image by Steven Appleby


Image by Lucy Knisley - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

SHOP LOCAL

Using local businesses is one of the most pleasant political actions there is.

You get your goods (often with exemplary customer service) *and* the warm glow of satisfaction that comes from knowing that your money is going directly into the local community.

Links to find out more

Image by Lucy Knisley


Image by Christine Wong - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

CLICK THE LITTLE TRIANGLE

If you see an ad or status on Facebook, and it spreads hate, lies or misinformation, look for the small triangle (usually top right) which will enable you to report it. Same on lots of other social media sites.

In the short term it will notify the site that the ad needs reviewing — but it may have an aggregate effect, too. If everyone did this, those advertisers would begin to be shunned by social media platforms and businesses who have an interest in keeping their users happy.

Image by Christine Wong


Image by Hanna-Pirita Lehkonen - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

BORE ON

It can be dispiriting, always being the wet blanket who points out that buying certain foods or frequenting certain businesses is supporting unethical practices.. but peer pressure is a remarkably powerful tool.

Keep it up, and soon they’ll be the ones reminding you!

Image by Hanna-Pirita Lehkonen

Image by Keijo Ahlqvist - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

START WRITING

Our parents wrote to the letters page of their local press.

These days, with online space to fill, many publications are happy to accept high-quality thought pieces from the public.

For local issues, approach your regional press and get your community onside. For national issues, go big.

Image by Keijo Ahlqvist


Image by Soizick Jaffre - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

GET CREATIVE

Art speaks loudly. Painting a picture, making a movie, creating a song, a comic or a performance is a very direct way to the heart, and thence the minds, of society.

Image by Soizick Jaffre


Image by Sally-Anne Hickman: part of the Draw the Line comics project

HANG UP A WELCOME SIGN

If you own a business or work somewhere public, display a sign to make it clear that everyone is welcome.

In Portland, Oregon, USA, the Independent Publishing Resource Center made signs that read: We welcome ALL races,ALL religions, ALL countries of origin, ALL sexual orientations, ALL genders. We stand with you. You are safe here.

If you’re a maker, you can produce something similar — and make them available to others. Offer them via social media, using your local hashtag, Facebook page or message board.

Links to find out more

Image by Sally-Anne Hickman


Image by Riyadh Rateme - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

STOP THE ROT

Ask your local restaurants to donate their leftover food to the homeless — or like this bagel shop, turn it into beer!

Better still, see if there’s a set-up like the Real Junk Food Project which will collect waste food and turn it into meals for those who need it.

Links to find out more

Image by Riyadh Rateme


Image by Richy K. Chandler - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES

Trying to make a better world?

Write a blog as you go about it. Sharing your experiences with the world sets a precedent, and normalises them for the next person thinking of doing the same.

Links to find out more

Image by Richy K. Chandler


Image by Paul Shinn - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

DONATE YOUR WASTE GOODS

If your car is only good for scrap or your phone is due for an upgrade, there are services which will take them off your hands and donate any proceeds to the charity of your choice.

Links to find out more

Image by Paul Shinn


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