5 Proven Activities For Your Advocacy Campaigns

5 Proven Activities For Your Advocacy Campaigns

There are a lot of organizations that are now recognizing our advocacy about environmental issues. These groups are eagerly showing their support for our cause and have even spearheaded different activities. For someone who is passionately pushing for environmental awareness, I find this as a personal success. Every time I receive an invitation for activities in relation to environmental conservation, I see to it that they find a spot in my hectic schedule.

Just a few months ago, I attended a benefit concert that was organized by a local music and arts school. The proceeds of the concert would be used to fund the conservation of a natural park that was damaged by a recent storm.

The school’s musical ensemble was composed of piano, strings and wind instruments. They played some of my favorite classics. It was a great performance. But what I enjoyed the most (special mention at that!), is the solo performance of the saxophonist. I guess it’s the best rendition of “What A Wonderful World” that I have heard. I’m sure it’s both the saxophonist and the alto saxophone (you can see what it looks like here at http://windplays.com/) that worked the magic!

This is not the first time I attended an event meant for environmental advocacies. I’ve actually attended a lot. And if you’re planning to organize an event for whatever advocacy you have, I’ve come up with this list of awesome activities that are easy to spearhead but are very effective.

  1. Bingo Night

This one is very simple. You just need to have some tables, prizes, a nice tarp, audio system, and word-of-mouth advertising. For sure, people will soon flock the event. You can invite groups or organizations to make the event more successful. Add some fun by inviting guest performers in between rounds.

  1. Caroling

You can this even if it’s not Christmastime. You can turn it into both a fundraiser event as well as an advocacy campaign. Make sure to send letters ahead of time so that the recipients can prepare and set their schedule.

  1. Fashion show or gala night

This event may not be suitable for all advocacies. If you are planning to stage a fashion show, it should have a theme to which the entire event will be based from. I’m sure local designers would be very willing to showcase their artistry in your event.

Fashion show

  1. Yard sale

I’ve seen a very successful yard sale that was organized by a non-profit organization. Key to its success was the support of the homeowners’ association. They did not only profit from the event but also advanced their advocacies for the environment. What made it even more successful were the performances rendered by volunteer musicians and performers.

  1. Homecoming events

What could be easier to organize than a homecoming activity? You simply need to send out invites through social media and surely your folks would be coming to town. Just make sure that you are able to course through your advocacies and not just make it a night of fun.

There are many other creative activities that are surely crowd-drawers. Think of one that best suits your advocacy.

10 Effective Habits To Fight The Major Side Effects of Noise Pollution

10 Effective Habits To Fight The Major Side Effects of Noise Pollution

My heart was racing fast. I could hear ringing in my ears. I felt my body vibrating. I could hardly think.

Had I just fallen in love? Not quite.

I was still suffering from the after-effects of spending an hour in a high-noise environment – a sidewalk in a busy city center with loud music playing in the background, engine noise and incessant horn blowing from passing vehicles and loud raucous talk from passersby.

This is the state of our environment, especially in the metropolis, that we are subjected to everyday. Sadly, we hardly notice that such a problem actually exists.

This experience motivated me to ask about the state of our noise pollution and noise habits. How does it affect us? What can we do to avoid its repercussions?

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), noise is defined as any disturbing or unwanted sound. Unlike other forms of pollution, noise is hardly seen or felt and so we are often unaware of its effects on us. But the sad fact is that over exposure to noise pollution can lead to serious major side effects.

Here’s a shocking fact that you ought to know: Aging is not actually the leading cause of hearing loss, noise pollution is.

But aside from hearing loss, excessive noise has been associated with other serious health concerns that include high blood pressure, heart diseases, stress-related medical issues like ulcers, colitis, and migraine, and sleep disturbances.

Noise pollution has also been linked to emotional problems that include aggression, fatigue and anxiety. All these could be avoided if we practice these 10 habits in fighting noise pollution:

  • Assess the level of noise in your home or workplace throughout the day. Stop for a short while. Listen to the sound around you. What can be minimized or eliminate? Perhaps, the clicking sound from a broken faucet.
  • Limit your exposure to noise by avoiding places with excessive noise.
  • If you find yourself raising your voice when talking with someone, it should give you an idea that noise pollution is starting to take toll on you.
  • If you work in an environment where the noise cannot be removed or minimized, you can protect yourself from the ill-effects of noise pollution by wearing ear muffs or ear plugs. If you expect to be in a high-noise environment, don’t forget to bring noise-cancelling plugs.
  • Give your ears a break. Spend at good thirty minutes quiet sound. Others stay in a silent room.
  • Choose soft music and avoid loud, raucous tracks. As for me, I’d rather play soft music on my digital piano instead of drums. I recommend you check out some nice models at https://digitalpianojudge.com/.
  • As much as possible, turn down volume on portable music players, TVs, and other audio systems. The lower the volume, the better!
  • Go for appliances with low noise ratings. Check the label and see how much decibels the appliance produces.
  • Protect children from excessive noise. Children are particularly at risk of developing major side effects from over-exposure to noise. Teach children how they can care about their ears and avoid unnecessary noise.
  • Stay away from noise. If you can avoid noisy environment, much better. Look for places where there is not much noise.