Wow, there really is loads you can do, even when you don’t have two pennies to rub together.

That’s good to know, isn’t it? Here’s our third and final list of positive political actions you can take, even when you have no money.


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Image by Birta Thrastardottir - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

GROW WILD

We depend on bees for many of our fruits and vegetables, but since 1945 the UK has lost 97% of it wildflower-rich meadows on which many species of bees depend.

Why not grow your own mini wildflower meadow or create a bee friendly habitat for your community, school or workplace?

If you have a space big enough, Friends of the Earth will provide kits and support to get you going and keep our world buzzing.

Links to find out more

Image by Birta Thrastardottir


Image by Woodrow Phoenix - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

PUT UP A UNITED FRONT

Women have made massive strides in the workplace, but discrimination and inequality is still a daily reality of work for many women.

After being repeatedly talked over and ignored, female staffers in the White House came up with a plan to make their voices heard in a male-dominated office. When any one of them gave their views in meetings or emails, the other women would back them up by repeating that view themselves, overcoming the muffling effect of male dominance.

Links to find out more

Image by Woodrow Phoenix


Image by Joanna Neary - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

SHOUT TO THE STREET

Use your window as a political billboard.

Share your beliefs with the postman, visitors, and passers-by.

Many organisations, charities and causes offer posters that you can request by mail or print out directly from their websites.

Links to find out more

Image by Joanna Neary


Image by Joe Decie - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

PART-OWN YOUR STUFF

When every house in the street has their own electric drill, laminator, or anything else that you might only use a couple of times a year, it only benefits one thing — capitalism!

Let’s save some money, make friends amongst our neighbours, and do a bit of good for the environment by starting a sharing group. If that goes well, you could work up to sharing bigger things, like cars…

Links to find out more

Image by Joe Decie


Image by Jaime Huxtable - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

BUILD A WALL OF KINDNESS

While Donald Trump was first talking about his divisive wall, the concept of a “Wall of Kindness” was blossoming in Iran.

Stretches of wall are painted and furnished with pegs. Then, people hang clothes, food and and goods that they no longer need for the homeless or poor to take.

The concept is spreading: several UK towns currently feature their very own walls of kindness (in the case of Brighton, it’s a seafront shelter of kindness…)

Links to find out more

Image by Jaime Huxtable


Image by Dave Windett, writer John Gatehouse - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

DONATE SKILLS

You don’t have to have money to donate to a charity or other organisation: perhaps there are practical things you can give, like book-keeping, odd jobs, managing their social media — or even pro bono legal help.

Whatever you’re good at, there’s an organisation that will be glad of it.

Links to find out more

Image by Dave Windett, writer John Gatehouse


Image by Rachael Ball - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

BE A RAGING GRANNY

Your rampaging days are not over just because you’re a grandparent.

According to Raging Grannies International, “The delights of grannying include: dressing like innocent little old ladies so we can get close to our ‘target’, writing songs from old favourites that skewer modern wrongs, satirising evil-doing in public and getting everyone singing about it[…]. Grannying is the least understood yet most powerful weapon we have.”

Links to find out more

May break the law, proceed with caution!This action may contravene the law in some jurisdictions (depending on what you do, of course!): proceed with caution.

Image by Rachael Ball


Image by Henri Tervapuro - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

MEME IT UP

If something strikes you as politically outrageous, world-changing or important to know, ain’t nothing like a meme to get it out there.

Visit a site like memegenerator.net, stick it on Twitter or Facebook and bob’s your uncle.

Image by Henri Tervapuro


Image by James Wilkinson - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

MAKE PICTURES

If you’re an artist, charities and campaigning organisations may value your skills over your money.

Could you donate a logo, an illustration or a comic strip to their marketing department, to help them get their point across? If you’re a photographer, could you offer to document their work?

Image by James Wilkinson


Image by Hannah Berry - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

INTERPRET A NEW LIFE

If you’re bilingual, your language skills could be of great help to those settling in your country.

Contact migrant aid charities to volunteer interpreter skills, or translate vital printed materials.

Links to find out more

Image by Hannah Berry


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


Image by Maël Estevez - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

WRITE SONGS

The catchier the tune, the more likely it is to spread.

So, what if you wrote a hummable tune that listed all the lies politicians had told, like Chequeado did in Argentina? Or an anthem that got people up and protesting?

If music is your superpower, use it.

Links to find out more

Image by Maël Estevez


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

BE A TRUFFLE PIG

Even in the city foraging is a way to find great food. You’ll also get some exercise and fresh air, reconnect with the natural world and save money. Plus, it’s the ultimate in reducing your food-related carbon footprint.

Sign up for a foraging course to make sure you’re picking the right plants, though — we don’t want any poisonous toadstools in your dinner.

Links to find out more

Image by EdieOP


Image by Aneurin (Nye) Wright - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

START A PETITION

Starting your own petition is really easy. In the UK, use a service like 38 Degrees to exert power on big business or non-governmental institutions.

For governmental issues, use their own petitions facility at https://petition.parliament.uk

Links to find out more

Image by Aneurin (Nye) Wright


Image by Kate Moon - part of the DrawTheLine project at www.drawthelinecomics.com

BE SOMEONE’S VOICE

There are those whose voice is easily drowned out: those with learning difficulties, the frail, the elderly, those who find language difficult.

For them, it can be impossible to get their wishes and needs expressed to doctors, the judiciary, landlords and others who have some power over elements of their lives.

Volunteer via local charities to advocate for people whose voice is not heard.

Links to find out more

Image by Kate Moon


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

SWAP SKILLS

Save some money and make some friends: pay for services like babysitting or carpentry by doing whatever you’re good at in return. Setting up a local bartering system can bring communities together, too.

Links to find out more

Image by EdieOP


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