We all know how it feels. The weekend is coming to a close; those Monday rainclouds are threatening to drop their damp, dreary, sunless blues on your head. How long can you make Sunday last? Is it possible to forget there is a Monday coming, that dreaded day of back-to-the-daily-grind…
I can’t help you in that sense. Mondays will always come (probably). But there’s no need to be a Garfield. Here are a few recent articles / speeches to inspire you as you start your week.
- The younger generation are pretty inspirational. After all, they’re the ones who’ll inherit the earth, they ought to be out there pushing for a more sustainable future. Here’s a great speech by Brittany Trilford, a teenager from New Zealand who recently won the chance to attend next month’s Earth Summit in Rio. 20 years after Severn Suzuki’s inspirational speech to world leaders, let’s hope Brittany’s voice is listened to as the cry of the next generation for a sustainable future.
- On the other side of the world, Australian author and all-round ocean lover Tim Winton recently addressed parliament on the issue of marine conservation. His call for the establishment of marine sanctuaries could rank among the best environmental speeches of recent times, in my opinion. Have a read or listen here.
- Another great piece appeared in ABC Environment on Tuesday (which, as you know was the UN’s World Environment Day). In Standing up in a crowd, Greenpeace Program Director Ben Pearson talks about how environmentalism has developed, why it is so important, and how anyone can make a difference.
Aspire to be active; to care for your environment; to be innovative and creative; to stand up for what you believe in. And most of all to know that you are not alone, that there are millions of people out there who care about the future. Not just the next paycheque. Let’s make this Monday a bright day, a new day to go ahead and get out there and feel good about living on this beautiful planet. Because as long as you care, you can be certain that others do too, and as Margaret Meade said:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”