Director’s Notes: A Single Voice

Director’s Notes: A Single Voice

by Jill Ryan

I am often asked the question “what good can my single voice do?” Well, based on the amazing work accomplished by members of the GLAHNF network over the past eight years, I would say your single voice can do just about anything.

One citizen can start a watchdog group, organize their neighbors into local action, encourage friends to write letters or call their elected officials, educate other citizens and decision-makers, restore a wetland or shoreline, protest an ill-conceived project, and many more.

As you look around at both the local and regional levels, and see issues that need attention, projects that need an advocate, or questions that need an answer, don’t feel your voice is not important. Your voice is the first step in creating change, and combined with a few other voices, such as those in the GLAHNF network, it quickly becomes a chorus.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

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