What makes an activist? Do you have to chain yourself to a tree or go on a march? You can but you don’t have to. Activism can take many forms and each of them are as important as each other. Not everyone has the time and the means to be as active an activist as some but as long as you utilise what you have, that’s all that matters. If you can chain yourself to a tree or go on a march, all power to you! If you can’t, that’s fine too.
So what is activism? To quote the fount of knowledge Wikipedia:
Activism consists of efforts to promote, impede, or direct social, political, economic, or environmental reform or stasis with the desire to make improvements in society.
To do this I would say that there are many avenues:
- Protests and marches are a great exhibition of people power and it really gets a message across. It shows that there are many people out there who want the same change.
- Campaigning with posters and leaflets can get more information across too that can spread whatever message is in more detail.
- Social media is an effective way to spread a message as people are happy to share and retweet things. It could be seen by literally thousands of people very quickly.
The truth of the matter is that people have different strengths and abilities. Protests, marches and chaining yourself to a tree may show how you feel but it’s not for everyone. As long as we spread whatever message we believe in, be it through posters, leaflets, Facebook or Twitter, we are activists.