Take Action

There’s lots of things that you can do to help the environment. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Get involved in an environment group. As Margaret Mead once said, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’ So, whether it’s UMGHG, Doctors for the Environment, the Melbourne University Environment Collective, Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace,  your local climate change action group (e.g. Yarra Climate Action Network), a local revegetation group (e.g. Friends of the Merri Creek) or some other group working on a specific issue (e.g. water, biodiversity etc), there’s plenty of opportunities to make a difference.
  • Change your own behaviour. All of us can do more to reduce our personal impacts on the environment. As students, for instance, we can choose to only purchase recycled exercise books and biodegradable pens. We can choose to ride to university or our clinical placements. We can choose to fly less and to offset every flight that we do take. We can choose to eat less meat, photocopy less, refuse to use disposable coffee cups. In the words of Leo Tolsoy: ‘Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself [or herself].’
    • Take part in online actions. Take part in online actions such as: writing letters to politicians/media/corporations; making submissions to government inquiries; and signing petitions. According to Avaaz, a global internet advocacy group, ‘The rise of a new model of internet-driven, people-powered politics is changing countries from Australia to the Philippines to the United States.’ Organisations that regularly organise online actions include: The Wilderness Society, Get Up, Avaaz, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth.