So, if we seek out education and learn about social action by engaging with it, we can spark change. But where do we start?
There are lots of ways to engage in social issues.
Kearrin points out that one benefit of university is the engagement and support of on-campus, student-based groups and activities that can lead to influencing change.
“Groups like TropEco provide students with opportunities to take action against real-world sustainability challenges,” Kearrin says.
But social change can be ignited outside of the university setting as well.
Maybe you want to dig deep and help our climate by forming a group that plants trees to grow awareness. Or maybe you’re passionate about bringing an end to injustice and you want to create petitions and join protests to ensure that you give a voice to those who may not have one. Or maybe your goal is to be a global activist and give a platform to your passion. When you want to make a difference, no goal is too high.
By looking at the world around you, taking notice of the things that you think should change, and seeking out the steps you could take to influence action, you have the potential to be a world-changer.
“There is no single recipe for what youth engagement looks like or how it can be fostered,” Kearrin says. “But when young people are encouraged to work together, to learn and listen and share ideas together, and to show kindness and empathy to one another, powerful things happen.”
Are you passionate about being a global citizen that makes a difference? There are many routes that you could take.
Maybe you’re ready to start turning the tide against climate change and the first step is checking out JCU Environmental Management.
Or, if you want to make a difference in the legal system or in politics, you can start your journey with JCU Law.
And if you’re passionate about tackling social issues and protecting human rights, JCU Social Work can take you where you want to go .
Just finished your undergrad and ready for the next step in your journey? Learn how to be an effective global citizen scholar with JCU Development.