4 Tiny Acts of Activism Every Day
October 3, 2018
Advocating for a plant-based diet can be challenging. Even bringing up the topic with friends, family or colleagues can sometimes lead to difficult conversations. So taking the next step from following the diet yourself to actively promoting it can seem daunting. However, you can still nudge people towards exploring a plant-based diet without becoming a blogger or handing out leaflets in the street.
Here are are four tiny acts of activism you can do every day
Like and share
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you follow plant-based food and lifestyle accounts on social media. You can “like” and share posts featuring plant-based recipes or food so that your friends and followers can see them. Don’t be shy about posting photos of your own meals either, whether you’re eating out or cooking at home. You can create a buzz by showing how delicious and fun plant-based food can be!
Wear a pin
There’s a great selection of vegan and plant-based badges and pins available, often made by independent artists and sold on websites such as Etsy. These are often tongue in cheek designs (“Hail seitan!”) which are a playful way of piquing people’s interest. So whenever you’re on a packed commuter train or standing in a queue, you’ll still be actively promoting the vegan diet through fun imagery.
Use those hashtags
When you’re posting about plant-based food, fashion or lifestyle on social media, be sure to include meat related hashtags. This might seem strange at first, but you can reach a meat-eating audience by doing so. Want to show how yummy that pulled jackfruit is? Why not hashtag it #pulledpork? That new faux leather handbag has to be seen… #leather. When you post that awesome pic of your oat milk latte, you guessed it: #latte.
Work the room
If your workplace is anything like mine, you’ll often be talking about food with your colleagues and sharing recipes, if not food. Work presents a great opportunity to spread plant-based goodness. If you’re a prepper, you could prepare a little extra for lunch and offer tasters to your team mates. You could bring in cupcakes or cookies to show your appreciation for your team’s hard work or keep up morale during a busy project. Sweet treats don’t often get turned down when it’s time for a tea break! By supplying your co-workers with awesome plant-based food, you can show them just how delicious and varied a vegan diet can be.
You can advocate for a plant-based diet daily! All it takes is to do what you’d be doing anyway – interacting on social media, choosing your outfit, or taking a lunch break. Just do it with tiny acts of activism in mind and you’ll be nudging people towards a plant-based future.
Words by Stephen Dent
Tofu Steve (Instagram: @tofusteve)