Change the world without burn out – a guide to saving the planet for highly sensitive empaths + introverts.
Don’t feel drained and discouraged when you read sensationalist stories + absorb the negativity of bad politics.
Instead, be inspired by amazing people doing amazing things!
I just watched Greta Thunberg cross the Atlantic and heard her tips on the best course of action to help reduce or reverse the impact of climate change.
If you take on board her tips – and look after yourself in the process – you can change the world without burnout!
Read on for more…
How to change the world without burnout
Based on her interview, here’s a few tips to help you focus + avoid overwhelm:
1) Get educated about the facts of climate change.
2) Change habits to reduce you carbon footprint. For example:
– switch to a plant-based diet (vegetarian or vegan).
– fly less or stop flying.
– holiday at home or close to home
– drive less, cycle + walk more
– have a ‘shop stop’ or consume less (only buy things you absolutely need, buy second hand or recycle from other people’s waste, i.e. furniture)
– reduce / re-use / recycle / gift / donate your own waste.
3) Support activists financially who’re working to save the environment on our behalf (see the list below).
4) Connect with others who care. Join Fridays for the Future or create a local climate group, for example.
5) Vote during elections and sign petitions – make sure your voice gets heard!
How to change the world without burnout
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How I change the world without burnout
I’d been thinking about the end of the world since I was 13.
Despite raising money for rainforests and joining the World Wildlife Fund as a teenager, by my mid-forties my actions were out of alignment with my values.
Under the shadow of the US presidential election results in 2016, I felt upset, depressed + powerless.
Issues like climate change, deforestation and environmental destruction weighed me down.
As a highly sensitive empath + introvert, I felt angry and disillusioned.
What the heck were the 1% doing to help?
I resented the super-rich. I felt they had the power + influence to do more.
In 2014 I started to chip away at my money blocks and sort out my finances.
I learned that one of my beliefs was ‘The rich are exploiting the planet.’
Hardly surprising that my cashflow was always up + down then!
Unfortunately, this view was getting in the way of me making a good living. Therefore, these beliefs were only harming myself!
Below this pernicious belief I found others lurking. Here’s another one:
“If I have more, others will have to have less.” *
* If you are a highly sensitive empath or introvert, you may recognise this one. Do you feel that if you look after yourself better, someone else will be deprived?
I tied-in my increased earnings with my concern for the planet.
I donated a percentage of earnings to the charities I cared about.
Making money became less selfish.
My financial circumstances changed considerably as I educated myself.
( NB. – Your’s can too! Check out my Attract More Money course for metaphysical money tips for highly sensitive empaths!)
I got highly inspired by these charities changing the world, below.
They are all helping the planet’s voiceless: marginalised people, the environment and animals.
Okay, you can’t go to the rainforest or the seas to protect them.
But you can put your professional skills to good use and contribute to the greater good with cash earned.
I urge you to find causes you believe in + tithe your earnings.
[Tithing = giving away 10% of your income to good causes.]
Here’s my list of 10 kick-ass change-making charities!
Change the world without burnout – the best kick-ass charities!
1. Sea Shepherd, global marine conservation
Branded “eco-terrorists” by the Japanese government and currently banned by US courts from approaching Japanese whaling ships, Sea Shepherd is the world’s leading direct-action ocean conservation organisation.
Sea Shepherd was founded to protect marine life in 1977 by Paul Watson, a former member of Greenpeace.
Watson disputed the organisation’s lack of aggressive intervention against the carnage at sea.
Sea Shepherd operations have included:
– scuttling and disabling whaling vessels at harbour;
– intervening in Canadian and Namibian seal hunts;
– shining laser light into the eyes of whalers;
– throwing bottles of foul-smelling butyric acid onto vessels at sea;
– boarding of whaling vessels while at sea, and;
– seizure and destruction of drift nets at sea.
Sea Shepherd claims that their aggressive actions are necessary as the international community has shown itself unwilling or unable to stop species-endangering, and cruel whaling and fishing practices.
2. VET PAW – Veterans Empowered To Protect African Wildlife, US / Africa
Made famous online by comedian/animal activist Ricky Gervais and gun-toting ex-army officer Kinessa Johnson (above).
VETPAW provides employs post-9/11 veterans to train and support Africa’s anti-poaching rangers and help protect endangered African wildlife.
Ten years ago founder and US army veteran Ryan Tate was exposed to the atrocities of elephant and rhino poaching, and the devastation it had on east African communities. He vowed to do something about it.
Iconic and irreplaceable wildlife is still on the brink of extinction due to illegal poaching.
The crisis is already having far-reaching and catastrophic consequences. VETPAW collaborates closely with rangers, national parks, and government agencies in Africa.
Many army veterans are un- or underemployed. They face difficult futures once service has ended. Veterans benefit profoundly from the opportunity to serve and saves lives. VETPAW facilitates career development and personal growth too.
VETPAW‘s veterans work side-by-side with anti-poaching patrols, implementing infantry tactics, unit cohesion, medical skills, and other game-changing tools in the modern poaching war.
3. Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue, marine conservation
Top scientist Sylvia Earle has dedicated her life to the oceans and seen huge change in the oceans since she grew up in the US in the 1940s. She wants the world to know our oceans are dying.
Hundreds of miles of ‘dead zones’ are appearing where once their was abundant life. Eco-systems are being destroyed by over-fishing, mining, human waste (including rubbish) and pollution.
“to use all means at your disposal — films, expeditions, the web, new submarines — to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas; Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet.”
Watch the Mission Blue Documentary free on Netflix.
4. The Crees Foundation nature conservation, the Amazon, South America
The BBC Two documentary ‘I Bought a Rainforest’ featuring wildlife photographer Charlie Hamilton-James beautifully highlighted the work of The Crees Foundation. There are over 44,000 species of plants in the Amazonian rainforest yet only 1% of those 44,000 plants have been studied by scientists for their medicinal value. (1)
Despite this, the world has lost the equivalent of 68,000 soccer fields of forest every day over the past 13 years — 50 soccer fields per minute. (2).
Crees Foundation has a mission to create a realistic long-term model for protecting the bio-diversity of the rainforest; one that fully involves the people who live there.
This means encouraging and supporting sustainable ways of making a living from the rainforest, starting within the 1500 acres of rainforest the foundation owns.
1. Ref: Nick Polizzi, The Sacred Science.
2. Ref: World Resources Institute, 2013
5. The Gentle Barn animal sanctuary, California
Home to over 160 farm animals rescued from severe abuse, neglect or abandonment live at The Gentle Barn, California, USA.
The animals are rehabilitated with top quality nutrition, medicine and countless hours in the arms of staff and volunteers.
Slowly, as the animals realise that they are loved and their abuse is over, they regain their trust in humankind. The animals are given sanctuary for the rest of their lives.
This charity helps inner-city children from Los Angeles, group homes, mental health care facilities, foster homes and schools.
Engaging with the animals teaches these often troubled children how to feel empathy, how to behave towards others – and how to respect difference.
The children’s interaction with the rescued animals is deeply healing, for both animal and child.
6. Marc Ching’s Animal Hope + Wellness Foundation
Marc Ching is a holistic nutritionist for animals who started the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation in 2011 after he realised he could rehabilitate abused and neglected dogs in Los Angeles.
In 2015, he heard about the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China and travelled there to learn more.
He discovered abuse and inhumanity so brutal he knew his life would never be the same. His work is now focused on rescuing and campaigning for animals in Asia, as well as the US.
I urge you to listen to his compelling story in this fascinating and moving interview with Marc Ching on the Rich Roll Podcast.
7. The Barn Sanctuary (farm animal rescue, USA)
Barn Sanctuary is a hands-on animal sanctuary dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for animal refugees, in Michigan, USA.
This small family-run charity educates the public about the horrific treatment of animals raised for food – and the positive impact a plant-based diet can have on the environment and human health.
Siblings Dan and Tom McKernan provide rescue and shelter to horses, cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, goats, and rabbits who have been saved from abuse, abandonment, and natural disasters.
Additionally, visitors can play with goats, belly rub pigs, cuddle the chickens and get nuzzled by some very friendly sheep!
8. International Anti-Poaching Federation
The International Ati-Poaching Federation was founded in 2009 and operates in southern and East Africa.
Their focus is ecosystem preservation via a community-driven conservation program. The IAPF empowers disadvantaged women to restore and manage networks of wilderness areas.
It is registered in four countries, with Dr Jane Goodall as a Patron and with vegan Damien Mander as Founder & CEO. It has supported rangers to help protect over 6 million acres of wilderness across the African continent.
See this superb interview on the Rich Roll Podcast:
Change the world without burnout:
Find YOUR charities changing the world! ?
? Show support for other organisations that have made it their purpose to protect + act on behalf of nature – find them on social:
• Rainforest Alliance. INSTAGRAM @rainforestalliance
• GreenPeace. INSTAGRAM @greenpeace
• Avaaz. INSTAGRAM @avaaz_org
• WWF. INSTAGRAM @wwf @wwf_uk
• Extinction Rebellion. INSTAGRAM @extinctionrebellion
• Friends of the Earth. INSTAGRAM @friends_earth
- What causes are you rooting for?
- What calls out to your heart?
- How can you support your own causes + beliefs via the work you do?
? Go vegan. Eating a plant-based diet is the easiest and profoundest way to start your personal activism on behalf of the planet.
Get my comprehensive Good Vibes Plant-Based Food Guide! for beginners!
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