“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
~ Robert Kennedy (1925-1968), American Politician
Imagine dropping a tiny pebble into a still pond and watching that one small impact set off a series of ripples that grow larger and larger, emanating outward until, eventually, they have spanned the entire pond. Hopefully you know this by now, but of course, you are that pebble. You can have that kind of impact simply by speaking up, speaking out, and living a life that is aligned with your values.
In the past 25 days, you have learned that every action can have an impact, both positive and negative. And these impacts often reach far beyond the original and intended sphere of influence. In PGC, we focus on the power of simple changes and mindful actions. Take a minute to consider the transition in your own life since the first day of PGC. How have you changed? Who have you inspired? What have you learned about your inner power to inspire others and to prompt change?
Actions as simple as filling a reusable water bottle, opting for a cup of fair trade coffee, cooking a FLOSN meal, or stepping outside of your comfort zone to propose change to leaders, strangers, and peers in your community have made you bolder. Your actions have likely strengthened your dedication, intention and passion but have also caused a ripple effect. You, just one person have fueled change all around you.
Already we’ve seen significant ripple effects from each of you. Take Jordan, a high school student in Iowa who is participating in PGC. As part of the Hemp challenge, Jordan emailed her State Senator, Joni Ernst (R), about bringing hemp to Iowa and guess what? Senator Ernst called her back to discuss how hemp could help her hometown! Conversations like these are how monumental change gets started.
Even in challenging moments, never forget: “Many small people in small places doing small things can change the world.” ~Eduardo Galeano
Now, it’s time to take coalesce all of your PGC experiences and learnings. How can you continue to create waves going forward? How will you make your voice heard? How will you include others with you on this powerful journey to change the course of our planet – because together, we are a massive force for good that is unstoppable. Whether you assert your power in support of ethical businesses, become involved in campus sustainability efforts, organize marches for causes you believe in, conduct important research, or create inspiring art, it is important to find your authentic voice in this movement working toward a safe, healthy, just, and sustainable world.
Take note of our partner, Green America, and their vision. They are working for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe and where the bounty of the earth is preserved for all generations to come.
Think about your vision? If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you do to change the world?
Consider all the changes you’ve made in your life as part of PGC. The big ones and the smalls ones. Take a minute to appreciate all the ways you’ve transformed. Now imagine the ripple effect you’ve had with your peers, on your campus, and in your community. It’s BIG! It’s probably much bigger than you think.
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The way we approach our lives always comes back to our mindset. If you think you can accomplish something, you can. If you think you are a changemaker, you are. If you lead with intention and walk your talk – your actions will be far-reaching and powerful. It all comes back to how you see yourself.
All ripples begin with that single pebble — and you are that pebble. Friends, family, your community have been watching and maybe even participating in your PGC journey over the past 26 days. You have started a ripple and now it’s time to capture the impact. Today is about being an inspiration for change and witnessing the process.
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Due on 10/30 at 6am PT.
You are the power of one. Today we are giving you time to be bold, think deeply and to be fearless. How will you start a ripple that won’t stop until you’ve witnessed its impact?
It’s been 26 days and you’ve become an informed, inspired, and mobilized human. You know so much more than when you started this PGC journey. So, what sort of change do you want to see in the world? It’s time to start looking beyond PGC and thinking about how you can become a true catalyst for change.
We want you to create a project that is deeply resonant and impactful. A project that you could not have dreamed of undertaking on September 30th.
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