Sometimes when you are an activist, it’s all too easy to get a little downhearted and despondent. Take this last week as an example. I have been attending every event I possibly can to raise awareness for #Petition 478 and to obtain more signatures.
One evening I attended an event, ever hopeful that Luxembourg ‘s residents would be as inspired as I am by #Petition 478 and the benefits of a healthier lifestyle.
Alas, I was greeted by the ‘stereotypical’ Luxembourg archetype; more interested in image, labels and materialism then making the world a better place. I walked home despondent. “Why am I even bothering?”, I thought, I quite clearly live in a country where, “Money Not Ethics is key!”
What a difference a day can make!
Just 24 hours later I was sitting in the hall at the Athénée Luxembourg listening to Rob Hopkins amazing and inspiring talk on the Transition movement. Not a Louis Vuitton handbag in sight, just 400+ individuals who care enough to want to make this world a more sustainable place for future generations.
Suddenly all the frustration and despair I had felt the night before vanished before my eyes. “There are people who really care,” I thought.
Climate Change and our reliance on fossil fuels is a huge problem and will have devastating consequences. So much so, that we often feel so powerless to act that we leave actions and solutions in the hands of Politicians. The same politicians who are more interested in attracting foreign investment into Luxembourg rather than supporting local businesses and economies?
The good news is, we don’t need to wait for governments to start a transition movement, we can do it right now in our own local communities. Once governments see the impact we are having, they will catch up……eventually!
I’m not going to recite Rob’s talk verbatim but the heart of the Transition movement lies with us and our local communities. Groups of people with different skill sets and talents working together and contributing to something meaningful!
Hang on a minute, I know a community just like this? In fact I am writing for it right now – “The Orla Collective!”
We may not be large in numbers, or have vast financial investments, but that doesn’t matter. Everything we write about, every workshop that Linda and David run is a Transition movement in itself. We share ideas about how to live more mindful and sustainable lives. We are curious and open to new discoveries. We aren’t afraid to ‘try something new” regardless of the outcome.
And we are not alone in our mission. In Luxembourg there are a variety of other local community groups such as; CELL, Climax, Terra, Critical Mass and TransitiontowninLuxembourg all committed to achieving the same goal by working together.
So next time I’m feeling a little disheartened and gloomy, I’ll just remember that there are people who care and I’m already part of a community of them.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much