Wondering how YOU can make a difference? Here are some ideas to get you started...
1. Learn more about important global issues.
- Take our reading list for Global Citizens down to your local library and pick up a book that interests you.
- Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram that concentrate on international development and global justice.”
2. Share what you’ve learned.
- Use your social media accounts to share important information and engage your network.
- Share interesting resources on SCIC’s Facebook page.
3. Shop ethically.
- Use Fair Trade to learn about global issues connected to everyday food items, and find businesses that sell more ethical options near you such as fair trade, local and organic products.
4. Live sustainably.
- Calculate your carbon footprint, and learn how to reduce it.
- Download SCIC’s Environmental Action Plan, a user-friendly tool filled with suggestions and achievable goals.
5. Take action.
- Write a letter expressing your concerns and dreams to a politician, corporation, or public figure.
- Reach out and email us to seek volunteer opportunities!
6. Get others involved.
- Host an event in your community.
- Challenge others to a friendly Global Citizen contest.
7. Get involved overseas.
- Provide financial support for organizations operating overseas, such as Save the Children.
- Find organizations that offer overseas opportunities.
In many ways it is becoming easier to live environmentally friendly, but that does not mean we should become complacent.Every citizen needs to keep pushing themselves to make green decisions, especially the most challenging ones.
SCIC has developed a Green Action Plan to spur citizens on. You can download it, read it, pick some new actions, and start pushing yourself to become a more engaged and green citizen.
Think Globally, Act Locally
To be engaged global citizens, we must be aware of the world around us. Learning should never stop. Books, magazines, newspapers, documentaries, and blogs are all great ways to learn about the world from our home communities.
The list of great books and media is enormous, but here are some of our favourites:
- Briarpatch Magazine - This feisty magazine is produced right here in Saskatchewan, but tells stories and uncovers issues relevant to all Canadians.
- Rabble - Rabble is an online source of "News for the Rest of Us" as they put it. It shares Canadian perspectives of local and international issues.
- Making the Links Radio - Another Saskatchewan gem, Making the Links is a provocative radio program that spends time talking about issues that other stations and shows won't touch.
- The 100 Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating by Alisa Smith - Now a famous concept, Alisa Smith is a trail blazer in the local food movement. This book chronicles her experiment and challenges us all to consider the Miles on our own dinner plate.
- Saskatoon Open Door Society's The Global Voice Radio Show - Airs on CFCR 90.5FM Saskatoon Community Radio every Sunday morning featuring a different guest every week, with every episode posted to their website after so everyone can access it. Their platform promotes and celebrates diversity and inclusion, highlights newcomer stories and talent, inspires the community and provides helpful information and resources.
These are just a few suggestions. SCIC features books, blogs, videos and more every two weeks in our E-Zine. If you are not on our mailing list, and want these short, sweet and informative emails delivered to your inbox, email SCIC today!