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“…activism reminds us not to take everything for granted.”

Activism Taught Me to Appreciate the Little Things

Oftentimes, we get caught up in the big picture of things, but activism reminds us not to take everything for granted. Once I started learning more about climate change, I grasped a bigger picture of the issues so many people are facing. I was able to immerse myself in the lives of others instead of hyper-focusing on my own self-perceived problems. I began noticing the things that were ok or good in my life and started to really appreciate them.

Although my sadness and frustration will never disappear completely, I am proud to say with the help of activism, I have defeated depression. Today I share my story with the hopes that it will inspire you to reach out to the people in your life and remind them that they matter. After all, if activism helped me conquer depression, maybe it can help someone else? ∎


Born This Way Foundation/Channel Kindness Contributor Sarah Goody (she/her/hers) is a 16-year-old climate activist and founder of Climate NOW. Climate NOW is an international youth-led organization focused on educating and empowering young people to take climate action. Climate NOW was founded in 2019, and has since worked with over 10,000 youth and presented to over 70 K-12 schools from around the world. Outside of Climate NOW, Sarah volunteers as the Chair of her town’s Climate Action Committee and works to draw attention to the parallels between mental health and advocacy work. 
 Learn more about Climate NOW at

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Follow Sarah on Instagram: @sarah.goody4


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