In my time living as a vegan, I have far too often heard people say “well you’re just one person – you can’t change the world”, and it makes me so upset and angry because that is literally the opposite of true. When you are as passionate about something as I am with veganism, you believe fullheartedly that you can and will make a difference for the better.
(and remember, veganism isn’t just a diet, it’s a necessary change for our planet)
I know it may seem that way sometimes – that you are only one little drizzle of rain in a tsunami of water. But you are so much more than that, and every little thing you do does make a difference.
As a vegan and social activist looking to make a positive change in the world, I can’t help but keep my thoughts in. How can you stay quiet and passive about things when there is so much oppression in the world? You have to go out there and try, speak your mind, say how you feel, and that is how you’ll get things done. No one ever changed the world by staying quiet and being polite to everyone. You have to use that fuel and anger you have and turn it into a burning passion. Make people understand that you are serious about what you’re doing and allow them to open their minds to change as well.
My change slowly started branching out last year when I went vegan. I decided to help others and educate them for the better. I educate and spread knowledge through my Instagram and blog. Do you know how many people have told me they are going vegetarian or vegan because of me? A lot. And there are SO many beautiful and inspiring people I follow as well that spread the vegan message and help people open their minds to it. With all these people spreading love and compassionate across these social media platforms, the possibilities for change are endless.
Another branch began to grow for me when I showed my parents the documentary Forks over Knives. Their eyes were opened to the dangers of eating animal by-products and they were able to see things in a new light. They also watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, which they loved Joe and Phil. I wrote a post last year about the weekend they decided to challenge themselves to go fully plant based. You can find the link here.
Another branch stemmed out from me when my parents began to educate their friends. My dad would go up to his friends place and mention veganism and how dairy isn’t in fact as healthy as it’s made out to be. My mom told her friend about Forks over Knives and she even watched the documentary. You see, more and more people spreading the message.
The more I preached, the more I began to see a gradual change and reaction. The more I grew as a person and gained more knowledge, the more I could spread to others and help them spread it as well.
In September I moved into a house for University with five other girls. My one friend Carlee who is an environmentalist, watched Cowspiracy with me and decided if she was going to save this planet, she had to go vegan. You can read my interview with her here.
In December, my other roommate Shelby decided to go vegetarian because of her love for the animals. And in January, my other two roommates Brooke and Amy decided to do a 22 day vegan challenge. Brooke is currently doing what’s best for her body and also spreading the vegan message. Amy is loving being vegan, and even got her parents to watch Forks over Knives, and they decided that they want to try going vegan!! How amazing is that?
Another girl from my school named Tara had been feeling sluggish and down with her diet lately, so last week she asked me to help her go vegan for a week. We went grocery shopping and picked up a bunch of good foods, and I gave her tips such as take it slow, buy all the foods you still enjoy, and eat in abundance. Veganism is only as hard or easy as you make it. Even if you’re only eating smoothies, oatmeal, pasta, rice and salads, you can still feel amazing. You can read Tara’s blog post on here experience here.
So to say the least, I think I have spread my message and effected the world quite a bit. My goal is not to transition the entire world to vegans over night, but rather to kindly educate and enlighten people about the benefits of a plant based vegan diet, and hope that some day, they too can see how amazing it is.
As for people who tell you one person can’t change the world, here are some words of advice:
“A snowflake never feels responsible for an avalanche, as does a raindrop feel responsible for a tsunami. But they were responsible; those tiny little things can make a difference – and so can you” – Katrina G (me, ayyy)
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.” – Edward Everett
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events.” – Robert F. Kennedy
“The question is not “Can you make a difference?” You already do make a difference. It’s just a matter of what kind of a difference you want to make, during your life on this planet.” – Julia Butterfly Hill
“The greatest danger to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan
And even if you can’t make a huge difference, just going vegan yourself can make a world of difference for that animal whose life you’ve saved. Per day a vegan can save:
- 1100 gallons of water
- 45 lbs. of grain
- 30 sq.ft of forest
- 20 lbs of C02 from going into the atmoshphere
- 1 animals life
Also, Martin Luther King was one person… and he kind of changed the world. Good luck everyone <3
For more information that will hopefully change YOUR world, check out these following links: