Do you dream of doing more than signing online petitions but don't want to camp out on a pavement to prove a point?
Are you frustrated because you’re not making a difference but don’t want to turn your life upside down in the name of action?
Then this is the book for you.
THE ARMCHAIR ACTIVIST’S HANDBOOK will help you find easy and fun ways to make the world a better place. Funny, honest and above all inspirational, this book will show how even the tiniest changes to your habits can have a positive impact, whether it’s to do with what you eat, how you dress, how you travel or even how you bank. Because if you stick with those changes for the long term, then you can help make great things happen.
Ruth Stokes felt the same anger as people who went to extreme lengths for their causes but she did not have the time or the inclination to go as far as they did. And so she set out on a quest to find ways to make a difference which would fit into her life rather than taking it over. The result of her journey is THE ARMCHAIR ACTIVIST’S HANDBOOK, Ruth’s account of discovering how she could change the world without getting dirty and cold, without getting a criminal record and without hurting herself or anyone else. In the process, she got involved with a web of hidden organisations, projects and people making a genuine difference in ways she never knew existed.
If you want to do a bit of good for the world and put a smile on your face, then you need to become an armchair activist too.
'The Armchair Activist’s Handbook is bursting with inspiration for change – change that even the laziest or most time-strapped wannabe protester can elicit.
There are no preachy messages, either. Ruth tells her tale from a personable first-person perspective, peppering her findings with plenty of anecdotal stories and personal revelations, as well as input from the pros and other individuals keen to find a way to help the world without taking to the streets with placards and megaphones. The book is more than a mere ‘how to’; it’s a friendly, knowledgeable companion that points would-be campaigners in the right direction while metaphorically offering them a nice cup of tea and a sit down.' POSITIVE NEWS
RUTH STOKES is a freelance journalist and editor specialising in social and environmental issues. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, the New Statesman, New Internationalist, The Ecologist, Ethical Living, The Big Issue and Third Sector among others, on a diverse range of subjects. She has a particular interest in innovative ideas and people-led movements, which has led to stories on “traceable” fashion, grassroots seed swaps and community sharing networks, and which was the inspiration for this book. She is also a freelance researcher for a social impact consultancy.