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Words by Silvia Nascimento
To be an activist is to be active.
That’s not necessarily a criticism of those who point out other people’s faults, or the problems of the world, or who highlight what is wrong, needs to be corrected, updated, or even disposed of. The question is, to what extent do these discussions - the ones that keep the social networks in a football rivalry mood – really contribute to the issues advancing beyond the online debate. We are living in a time of generalised apathy where we think that posting news about child labour, for example, is something revolutionary, when in truth it is nothing more than sharing another problem. 

The journalist Leonardo Sakamoto, who writes the Blog do Sakamoto at UOL, is a brave guy to say the least. He calls a spade a spade, he talks about forced labour in his pieces, openly naming companies and entrepreneurs that exploit children as a cheap source of labour. If the issue is of interest to you, you should follow his digital channel and perhaps keep an eye on these companies, boycott their products, and enlist your friends in support of the children who are victims of these greedy groups. Another way to be hands on is to familiarise yourself with environmental issues. Why not learn how the trash of your building, school or work is being recycled? What measures have been taken to care for the green areas in your city? Whether it is by creating a page on social networks, or by mobilising a group of people to collect donations of clothes and toys that would otherwise end up in the trash, there are many ways of changing the community. Did you know that sites like The Salvation Army make it possible for you to schedule the pickup of your donations - as well as offering a program called Caixa do Bem that helps you organise your own collection campaign?
Cool and simple initiatives that have a positive impact on people’s lives. 
We can’t ignore the power that social media has on effective changes in society.

Women and the black community in particular have been showing how it’s possible to change people’s point of view with the help of online activism. 

See the full article in our mag Plastic Dreams #17.