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!
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
in our communities?
How will you
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.
and comprehensively assess the issues at hand
critically to consider all sides
to build the critical mass needed for a strong movement
the models that create oppression
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
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 🙂