Kony 2012 became the new frenzy of the cyber world but because I read an article saying it’s a fauxtivist fad, I didn’t want to watch the video. But a friend said just watch the video even if you doubt the credibility of the organization behind so I did. And this part is just heartbreaking. Although some people say that just sharing the video or talking about it on social network would not help, but the fact that it creates awareness on issues not so much seen is already something.
In October 2009, I took part in the Asian Youth Climate Workshop with 350.org. At the time, my desire to actively engage in addressing environmental issues was burning, just like our getting hotter climate! I tried to be active in online environmental activism. In the course of time, I got tied up with other things. Though I did try to lessen my carbon footprints, still I feel I am not doing much.
The environmentalist in me was awakened after I saw the animated documentary “There’s no tomorrow“. I encourage parents to let their children watch this documentary to inculcate environmental concern. The animation will help them understand the concepts easily. After watching, I knew I will never live the way I did before.
Just when I was about to start living green, I saw this video. If 5000 people commit to recycling and reusing paper, he will play the piano live over the internet for 8 (eight) hours in a row, non-stop. His initiative is simple yet it can make valuable contribution to mother earth. So I accepted his challenge.
Earlier, I dared a 30-min walk with high heels while carrying my shoulder bag and laptop. When I reached home I was sweating all over and it felt refreshingly good. Indeed, we will never run out of ways to live an environment-friendly lifestyle.
Racism creates a wound too deep to heal. In our fast changing world, it is easy to get lost and disconnected with ourselves and our values. Our opinions of other people and how we perceive them reflect who we are and how our environment and experiences had shaped us. Staying positive and gentle amidst prejudices as shown by this young African-American lady is the true essence of strength.”At the end of the day, I know who I am as a person.” That’s the spirit!