Please read this all the way through because our future depends on it…
It still baffles me why there aren’t more bloggers who talk about the most important issues going on in the world right now and I’m not talking about politics. The destruction of forests, depletion of the orangutan population (down to 7,300 in the entire world) for Palm oil, Native American rights being oppressed for the Dakota pipeline, and our overall neglect for the environment through climate change (this past October was the warmest October in history).
Whether you believe in climate change or not, the litter and pollution we’re putting into this earth is not good, we can all agree about that.
This isn’t the most fun stuff to read about, let alone think about, but it’s real and we can’t ignore it anymore.
If we don’t do something about it, our world will be completely different. Animals will become extinct, wars will break out not because of religion but resources like food and water. All hope isn’t lost, though, Sweden is setting an amazing example by becoming the first country to run mostly on clean energy. And right now the U.S. is part of the Paris Climate Agreement which pledges to “go green” and reduce, if not eliminate, our reliance on fossil fuels. But we need more people to get in on the action, so here’s something unconventional you can do to make your blog stand out for the holidays…
Blog about giving back
Again, I can’t believe more bloggers aren’t doing this already. Blogging about important issues in the world is one of the most important things a blogger can do.
And I’m not just talking about a picture on Instagram with #beforetheflood. I’m talking about actually telling us what we can do to help on your blog, in your Instagram caption, on Snapchat, etc.
There are enough complaints and prayers about what’s wrong in the world already. We need formidable actions we can take right now to make it better.
Change.org is a great site I get emails from regularly, and with the click of a button, you can sign a petition and make a difference. We need to make important issues a priority in our blogs, especially during the holidays while people are in the spirit of giving.
Let’s start a blog movement, let’s make giving back cool.
Get your followers involved
Once you start bringing awareness to important issues, you can throw in a few places that your followers can donate to during the holidays. The donations don’t just have to be monetary either. You can give care packages, donate your time, or bring awareness to certain organizations or movements. You can even get your friends super unique gifts that give back and ask your followers to do the same.
For example, a $50 donation to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust allows you to foster an elephant for the year. What a great gift idea! I know I’d be stoked to see I got to foster an elephant for Christmas. Not only is it a great gift idea but you’ll be the blogger that stands out from the crowd. While everyone else is making their “gift ideas for mom” you can be making “gift ideas for the person who hates gifts” or something along those lines.
Document what you’re doing to make a difference
Half the reason no one knows about what they can do to help during the holidays is because no one is showing them! You can be the blogger who leads the way to a new kind of gift: the gift of giving. People are never more inspired than they are around the holidays, so now is your chance to really make an impact.
Bloggers are influencers – we look to them for what’s trendy, what we should be doing, where we should be eating, what we should be buying, etc. By documenting your contribution to the world, you’re making a whole new kind of trend. And most of your followers want to be like you so why not give them the opportunity to be like you by doing good in the world? It’s really a win-win.
Shop & donate your old clothes to H&M
If you’re not into any of the options, the least you can do is shop and share items from H&M. Why? Because H&M is one of the few fast fashion companies that is environmentally conscious. If you’re an avid fashion lover, I’m sure you know of its “Conscious Collection” which is all made from recycled clothing that we, yes we, donate.
Not only that, but when you donate your old clothes you get 15% off your entire purchase every day of the year! During earth week and the holidays, that percent increases. The majority of my shopping guides are filled with H&M products, not only because their pieces are great quality, but because I love what the company stands for.
Are you passionate about a cause or organization? Share with us in the comments!
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