A lot of things have happened so far this year. The year kicked off with the launch of Time’s Up, which has basically been in the media ever since. There’s been a huge upsurge in the awareness of what plastic has been doing to our planet, a huge part of which was spurred on by Blue Planet II in December. The #NeverAgain movement taking off in the US as we speak, after the Valentine’s day shooting in Florida, is moving at an unbelievable rate, and I hugely praise every single teen standing by it.
Something feels different about the world stage this year. After the disaster that was 2016, and the year of disbelief that was 2017, 2018 appears to be the year we’ve had enough – especially the youth of the world.
Every awards show so far this year has been incredibly political – they’re usually at least a little political, but Time’s Up has taken over, and with good reason. It is time we called out sexual harassment, worldwide. The UK Justice and Equality Fund has just been launched as a UK version, and it’s already had a donation of £1m from Emma Watson.
I’m avidly keeping up with the #NeverAgain protests, demonstrations, walkouts and upcoming march on Washington, because I think it’s incredible how these teenagers have organised themselves and are standing up for what they believe in. I’m not surprised by it – anyone who doesn’t believe that teens have this kind of power is sorely underestimating the younger generations – but watching everything unfold is mesmerising. They shouldn’t have to fear getting shot in their own schools, and really, they shouldn’t have to wander around their own streets in such fear either.
The environment, and more specifically how to protect it, is something I’ve felt strongly about for a long time now. Coming up in March is Earth Hour – where at 8:30pm, people are encouraged to turn their lights and electronics off for one hour. I won’t go into much detail now, so click here to read more about it. WWF is also encouraging people to make a promise for the planet this year, little things which collectively will make a difference – again, click here to read more. I’ve already made mine:
… it says ‘Eleanor’ because I used Google AutoFill for my details.
To think we’re only less than two months into this year, and with so much energy for change having built up already, I’m looking to the rest of the year with anticipation. I think if enough people pay attention, if enough people use their social media to spread awareness of the movements they’re passionate about, and make even little changes, the potential is endless. I’m not saying the world’s problems will be solved by year’s end by any means, but it could be a turning point – if we let it.