Want to make a difference in the world, but you're just not sure how? Here's what you can do

There are plenty of things in the world that each of us would like to change. We want to make a difference, but the problems are so big, where do we start? It can seem daunting, but the truth is there are plenty of ways you can make a difference in your daily life, starting today! Here are some ideas to help you feel empowered by making your footprint on the future- just five little steps that you can make for a better world, every day! It's as easy as...1,2,3...

1. Call on the government to keep its promise on overseas aid

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0.7% - It's not just a number - it's trained doctors and teachers all over the world.

Did you know that the Irish government has yet to fulfill its promise to provide 0.7% of its GNI in overseas aid. Read more about it here. Use your democratic vote to put pressure on government to say, I care about keeping this promise or talk to your local TD or join thousands of other people who care with the Act Now on 2015 campaign. YOU have the POWER. 


2. Ask 'who made my clothes?'

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Join the Fashion Revolution #FASHREV by turning your clothes inside out and asking 'WHO MADE MY CLOTHES?' Show leading brands you care about the conditions and lives of those who work for the fashion trade. 

Find out more at fashionrevolution.org/

3. Shop carefully! Make a stand to say that you care about fair trade and good working conditions for people around the world!

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Every time you purchase something you make a choice about the kind of world you are endorsing. Make the right choices for people around the world. Make a difference to someone's life, today. 

Find out more at: www.fairtrade.ie/

4. Volunteer – donate your time for a better world

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There are thousands of ways you can help in your local area, or overseas. You'll have new experiences, make new friends, and it has been shown that volunteering makes people happier! Do something good for your life, and someone else's! 

Visit www.volunteer.iewww.comhlamh.org

5. Get involved in development and spread the word about global issues!

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2015 will be a year to remember. This is a time of change in the world and people all over Ireland are getting involved. There are fascinating debates, seminars, and activities going on all over Ireland this year - people around the country are getting involved. Have a look to see if there's something you'd like to be part of. Click the image below for a full calendar of activities: 

Or read up on global issues, and tell your friends and family about the things that matter to you. Find a purpose. It will make you feel connected to the world around you. 

Have your say on what the goals for the next 15 years should be and the kind of world you want. Let's see if we can be the generation to eradicate poverty worldwide!

The Sustainable Development Goals 

Dóchas members are Irish organisations who believe in putting people at the heart of development. Find out what these organisations are doing and how you can be involved! There are people all over the country, just like you, who are making a difference to making the world a better place, who care about our world, our dignity, our future. 

Dóchas Members

So... the only question that remains is... 

Get involved - follow the European Year for Development on Facebook and Twitter @Eyd_Irl 

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