The achievement of sustainable living is only partly created through policy. What really drives its attainment is action; small-scale activities happening in local communities, across the planet, embracing sustainable living practices. That’s what it’s really about. We use access to social media platforms to inform and drive the way we think – we gather knowledge, make decisions and take action. Imagine if we focused our thought on positive living and communicated this to the entire world, sharing stories, experiences, building a global movement towards sustainable living.
To do this, we need your voice. Here’s how you can get involved.
Our greatest communication tool for global collaboration is our website. This is our platform presented to the world, and we need you to make it come alive. Write a blog, leave a comment, tell us about your work, upload a picture, make a video, and share your ideas about sustainable living. Share this website with your friends and other interested youth so that we can get everyone involved.
If you’ve got technical experience in web design and programming and could volunteer your skills to help build our website, please let us know! We are constantly improving our website to make it more dynamic and user-friendly based on feedback received from users. If you want to get involved or leave a comment, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve developed a series of Youth Blast and Rio+20 tweets to provide information and advocate for young people’s policy points. Tweet and retweet these tweets through your networks: http://meetingwords.com/MGCYSocialMedia. We also encourage you to share personal messages, actions or commitments related to Rio+20 and the Youth Blast. We’ve got a number of important tags:
- #YBRio (official hashtag for the Youth Blast)
- Upload the Youth Blast banner as your timeline cover photo
- Upload the Youth Blast logo as your profile pic if you don't have a timeline
- Share a meme. We’ve developed a series of Rio+20 memes at http://uncsd-mgcy.tumblr.com/ that we need to share. Want to develop your own? Upload them!
Make Rio+20 known. We need to develop a crowd-sourced campaign around what Rio+20 is and what else needs to be “+20’d”. Emphasis is placed on the “+20” as a way of signifying connection to the Conference, reflecting both aspirations and information. Examples are:
- the youth activities in Durban are a great example of youth empowerment+20
- Update your status: Share information bites about the Youth Blast and the MGCY on as your status update. Here is some key information but feel free to add a personal message. http://meetingwords.com/MGCYSocialMedia
- Like the MGCY Facebook Page: invite your friends and networks to like the MGCY facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/UNCSDYouthCaucus. Leave a post about how you’re involved in sustainable development and youth.
Are you a writer? Do you have connections to media sources locally, nationally and internationally? The MGCY Media Team needs you! We write numerous articles about the different work of the MGCY to help raise the global youth voice for Rio+20.
If you would like to get involved in media or have skills that you could share, please send an email to email@example.com
Stories are how we think, they are how we connect with the world and determine our engagement with it. We want to hear your story. Make a video about your thoughts on sustainable development, or what you think the future should look like. Write a story about the work you’re doing and send us some photos. Start a discussion on a blog about sustainability and share your experiences and best practices. Tell your story so you can inspire others to take action as well. Go to XXX to get involved.
Campaigns: Uniting people through collective action
Raising awareness through campaigns is an important part of our work: campaigns bring people together in a unified voice to achieve collective change. We have a lot of campaigns on the go, and we need your help in spreading the message. Check out our campaigns [here] and tell us about any other you know about.
The creative arts can move, inspire, motivate and change people and are a powerful way of conveying ideas and beliefs. We have created the ArtSpace which is a platform for young people to share how they involve the arts in environmental and social change. We’d like to share what you’re doing, so tell us about your theatre project, music group, art studio, whatever art form you work with. Click [here] to get involved.
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