07 July 2008

5 Ways to Change the World

Well, actually its only one way . . . but 5 places to do it!

Social Networking is not just Facebook and MySpace anymore. Social Networks are springing up all over the internet and there are plenty out there that focus on bringing people together who want to make the world a better place. They cover everything from stopping Global Warming, to sharing your Good Deeds - and everything in between.

Signing up to a Social Networking site and adding your profile is all very well, but if you really want to make a difference you need to get involved. Join in discussions, share your opinions, spread the word about the causes you are passionate about. And remember too, that while Social Networking is a great thing, its no substitute for getting out and about with the real people in your local community to make your own neighbourhood a better place!

So take a look at the 5 sites listed below and get connected to make a difference!!

1. Care2.com
The premise of Care2 is simple: One person can make a difference.

Whether you’re passionate about green living, health, human rights or protecting the environment, Care2 puts the tools for change in your hands.

Over 8 million wonderful people discover, share and take action on Care2 and Care2's The Petition Site. It's the largest online community of people passionate about making a difference.

Its a great site offering everything from free e-mail to e-cards and blogging. And its full of great information on green living.

2. Ladder to Heaven
Every day, people are doing great things for each other. We are performing incredible acts of kindness, selflessness, and generosity, whether these actions are planned or completely random. But often these deeds go unnoticed; we are too easily preoccupied with all the bad to see all the good in our world. Ladder to Heaven is the first place on the web for users to post their own good deeds and the deeds of others, bringing the righteousness of human nature to the foreground of society.

3. Brighter Planet
Here you can create a free climate profile. Then get ongoing estimates of your carbon footprint, see your progress towards carbon neutrality and link up with friends and join teams (join the How to Make a Difference Team when you sign in!!).

4. Wiser Earth
WiserEarth serves the people who are transforming the world. It is a community-editable international directory and networking forum that maps and connects the largest movement in the world – the hundreds of thousands of organizations and concerned individuals within civil society that address social justice, poverty, and the environment.

WiserEarth provides the tools and a platform for non-profit organizations, funders, social entrepreneurs, students, organizers, academics, activists, scientists, and citizens to find each other, make connections, build alliances and share resources.

WISER stands for World Index for Social and Environmental Responsibility.

5. MakeMeSustainable
MakeMeSustainable was created to fill the void between how we feel about our environment and what we do about it. MMS brings you the tools to take action. Their Carbon and Energy Portfolio Manager enables you to visualize and contextualize your individual impact. MMS' sustainable solutions empower you to act upon your knowledge. They aim to help you to become a more environmentally conscious and efficient individual or business. MMS empowers you to spread the word and encourage friends, family, and co-workers to join the collective effort.

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Kimberly said...

Hiya Meg! I just joined Blogger myself. I am a Mum to a 3 year old and one on the way. Like you, I am also trying to live a more organic, environmentally friendly lifestyle. I have really enjoyed reading your blog! I look forward to getting to know you better. Keep up the good work! Cheers, Kimberly

Alex Steed said...

I wanted to thank you for the post. also, I wanted to point out our blog, Make Something Happen. It is a study of collective action, written fro collective activists. I see that you have a 350Challenge badge on your blog - not long ago, we interviewed Bill McKibben for the site re: his involvement with 350.

kiwimeg said...

Thanks for stopping by Kimberly - its always nice to know that someone actually reads what I write :)

kiwimeg said...

Alex, thanks for letting me know about The Point! Its brilliant, I love it and I will definately be using it!!