Inspired by a post on one of my favorite blogs, Going Green, I thought I'd speak up on speaking up too. Most of us Americans just flow through life these days, never bothering to pipe up if something goes wrong or doesn't seem right. We just mindlessly move on. Well not any more.
A few months ago, I wrote a letter and made a couple of phone calls to some California state congressmen and women about a particular bill that was likely to be passed. I plugged the letter out in a few minutes and faxed it over and the three or four phone calls I made took less than a minute each. I was part of a small grass roots organization doing the same thing. Guess what! The committee did not pass the bill citing the 93 individuals who opposed it. That's it! 93 individuals in a state with the population of almost 38 million and we could stop (or theoretically start) a law! That is a lot of power that should not go unused.
From now on, whether it be a corporation or a govermental agency, if I see something I don't think is right, I speak up. I send them an email (this may not be as effective as a written letter or phone call but is SO easy and far more effective than doing nothing), make a phone call or fax a short letter. Last week, Amazon sent me a new cordless phone battery - a tiny thing that could fit in a small padded envelope - in a giant cardboard box. Guess who got an email from little 'ole me? The makers of Kill-A-Watt also got a to-the-point email regarding their overuse of plastic in their packaging.
Let's not roll over and let laziness and a bunch of big corporations spin the world into a burning inferno. Speak up! You'd be surprised how loud your voice can be.