We can never assume that we – as individuals – will understand others by placing ourselves in their shoes alone. We need the support of our communities; they help us to continue to exercise empathy, and to make it last. Think of that special teacher, parent, uncle or auntie, grandparent or even a stranger who left a lasting impression on you.
As we come out of lockdown, we are thinking afresh about how precious and important empathy is in our world moving forward.
And here at Empathy Action, we have been living The High Life, but not how you might think.
Filming for our new interactive experience about the injustice of climate change got underway last Friday. Our keen team comprising videographer, Aaron (Migongo Films), and presenters, Ben, Bee, Elizabeth and Naomi worked hard behind and in front of the camera to produce an innovative simulation that will be accessible online very soon. Click here to find out more.
One of our other immersive experiences, The Poverty Trap is being delivered to three different schools in June. After a year of providing empathy programmes exclusively online, we are incredibly excited to be able to come together with students and teachers in person.
Meanwhile our hearts go out to friends and family and all those in India who are suffering at this time. The news reports, images and personal messages (Director Ben shares of his loss of family in India) are difficult to digest. This is where the sense of solidarity we gain from each other helps us to show our support in whatever way we can, and remember that we are all part of this global village.
Stories of hardship and turmoil continue all over. Some feature daily in the headlines, while others endure under the radar. There is always someone, somewhere who is struggling – whether close to home or far away; a familiar face or a nameless stranger.
Living is not easy. Nor is empathy a given. But, with a sustained and collaborative effort, we can all inspire change.
So, back to The High Life. The focus on climate justice, and exactly what that term means, is gaining momentum. Individuals are making their voices heard and showing how every choice matters.
The consequences of climate change are profound and complicated, and require carefully considered action to turn things around.
But one thing is crystal clear: with action comes change, and with change comes hope, and hope is up to each and every one of us.
- We are always on the lookout for new volunteers. To find out more about our work and the opportunities we offer, please click here.
- And if you’d like to know how you can access The High Life, please contact Paul Williams: email@example.com.