Change the World in 15 Minutes

Change the World in 15 Minutes

Let's add our voices to the mix

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In the last 15 minutes I called on:

  • Nation’s leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April 2018 to pledge to end gender discrimination in the law and to strengthen legal frameworks, with an aim to end sexist laws

  • Nation’s leaders from around the world continue to fund and support the Global Partnership for Education which supports girls in over 89 of the poorest countries in the world to get an education

  • Global leaders from governments, civil institutions and businesses around the world to pledge to prioritise sanitation and hygiene

  • Indonesian authorities to bring the perpetrators of a raid on accused transgender persons in Aceh to justice, and provide full repatriation and protection to the victims and their families

  • Australian Government to start consultation for a new date for Australia Day, to help Australia move towards reconciliation

  • Australian Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Ageing to introduce mandated staff/resident ratios across Australian aged care facilities, to protect our elderly and care for them with dignity and respect

  • Australian Prime Minister Turnbull and Minister Ciobo to ban the import and export of shark fins in Australia, to protect Australia’s oceans and to play a part in addressing the worldwide decline in sharks caused by the devastating shark fin trade

  • Australian Government to expand and improve community sponsorship for refugees, so that more average Australians can play a part in helping to sponsor refugees and so that more refugee families can rebuild their lives in safety in Australia

I did this on my laptop while eating my dinner.

Sometimes I do it as a study break. Sometimes I do it when I give financially to an organisation, so I'm giving my voice at the same to something in need at the same time. Sometimes I do it on the first day of the month, to start the month strong.

You can do an awful lot in 15 minutes flat, and not even have to leave your laptop or your phone.

When do you typically have 15 minutes, or 10 minutes, or 5 minutes, or 2 minutes in your day? What could you do with that time? What impact could you make?

Lending our voice to a cause is significant - not merely because making a stand for what we believe in matters - but also because our voices actually stack up!

And enough voices will get the attention of decision-makers.

Yes, issues are complex, and yes, we might not fully understand all the details involved, but there are some ways to take a stand and call out for justice and a better world - without needing to be an expert on every issue - with just 15 minutes.. or 10 minutes.. or 2 minutes... etc.

Let’s add our voices to the mix.

How can we do this?

Here are 3 easy ways:

1. Global Citizen

Global Citizen, an offshoot of the Gates Foundation, gamifies global citizenship, rewarding you for taking action steps to create a better world.

2. Amnesty International 

Amnesty International have been working for years within the human rights field to give a voice to those whose voice has been taken away.

3. Change.org

Change.org is a major player in this area, with more than 100 million people in 196 countries creating change in their communities via online campaigns.

We can use our voices to take a stand alongside those in need and campaign for a better world for this and future generations.

We might not be able to do everything, but we can do something.

A few minutes + laptop/device + wifi + your voice + us together doing this = a generation of changemakers! Who's in?



Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash

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