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Join our 1000 #ActsOfEmpathy Campaign

We have a goal to inspire 1000 acts of empathy! 

If you are motivated by Umano’s work to mobilize in your own community, please be sure to let us know!

Tag

@projectumano

in your posts

Empathy is the ability to understand and experience the feelings of another. Holistic empathy is intersectional and takes our fellow humans, animals, and the environment into account. Humans, animals, and the environment are all interconnected and interdependent on each one another..  All the decisions we make have an impact. We should all aim to be as kind and compassionate to our fellow humans, our animal friends, and the environment as possible.

Change starts with our own individual actions and radiates outwards. We can all  make a significant impact towards solving global crises by being mindful of our individual habits. In order to achieve lasting change, we must engage in collective action. Together we must counteract the drivers of social and environmental destruction by renewing communities, economies, and habitats.

We encourage you to consider two crucial things: 

How can we actively build more

Holistic Empathy

in our communities?

How will you

Measure the Impact

and results of your action?

Let’s get started!

Here’s a list of ideas for putting empathy into action:

Note that some of the actions suggested below involve gatherings. Please follow the latest COVID-19 and physical distancing guidelines from your local public health agency before organizing or attending any gatherings. Consider organizing virtually in the meantime.

Educate

and comprehensively assess the issues at hand

Engage

critically to consider all sides

Connect

to build the critical mass needed for a strong movement

Resist

the models that create oppression

Renew

and build strong and equitable policies and systems

  • Take the time to consider what sustainability and social and animal justice mean to you
  • Research the most urgent issues in your immediate community and the world
  • Take time to consider how to dismantle systems of injustice that harm our fellow humans, our animal friends, and the environment
  • Identify needs in your community and brainstorm solutions
  • Research effective advocacy initiatives, both historic and current
  • Start or participate in a community garden initiative with veganic farming
  • Renew the sharing and repairing economy; consider upcycling through tool-lending libraries, repair cafés, etc.
  • Create and implement workshops on holistic empathy (check out our resources for ideas)
  • Host a local vegan potluck with your neighbors 
  • View education and knowledge as activism; start a book club with purpose
  • Organize documentary screenings followed by discussions
  • Harness the power of your social media accounts or online networks and strategize the messaging
  • Venture beyond dominant news sources to find materials produced by investigative journalists, activist groups, and alternative media
  • Write an op-ed article
  • Organize writing campaigns to and meetings with government officials 
  • Sign and create petitions for social, animal, or environmental justice issues
  • Organize a community clean-up
  • Carefully consider your purchases, including their journeys and potential conflicts
  • Learn about fair trade and share ethical options with your network
  • Volunteer your time for a non-profit organization
  • Evaluate your environmental footprint and consider solutions to reduce it and galvanize others to do the same
  • Plant trees and other flora while considering pollinators 
  • Brainstorm and act on other ways to protect or renew our ecosystem

Be the change, then build the change

Please remember to tag us @projectumano in your posts, hashtag #actsofempathy, or send us an email at [email protected] to let us know your actions. Together we can make a difference!  

If you’re interested in starting a non-profit, feel free to reach out to us. We’ve got a great team of volunteers who are happy to advise.

If you need financial support to actualize your idea, visit our Impact Fund Page.

Have another idea you’d like to see on this list? Reach out to us anytime 🙂

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THE KAAVAN PLEDGE

 

I pledge to think critically and with compassion about my relationship with animals 

- I will advance my knowledge about the sentience of animals
- I will research and consider my decisions to use products and support activities that abuse and exploit animals
- I will learn about what happens to animals in industrial farming, laboratories, zoos, circuses, and fashion
- I will abstain from participation in animal exploitation and educate others 

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THE EMPATHY PLEDGE

I believe that Empathy can reduce suffering in the world, therefore I pledge that:

- I will make a conscious effort to enhance my empathetic abilities

- I will be mindful of my ego which can discourage my ability to relate to others

- I will stand and speak up for the well-being of humans, animals, and our planet

- I will align my thoughts, speech, and actions with the core principle of empathy

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