Sign a Petition

As actor and activist Ted Danson says, a simple political action can have an outsized impact – and make you feel good, too.

ted danson speaking at 2010 heart of green awards
Photo: Amanda Schwab/Starpix

By Jeffrey M. Smith

Voting for the 2011 Heart of Green Awards is in full swing, and we thought now would be a good time to revisit some words of wisdom from one of our favorite green superstars.

When Ted Danson gave his acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Heart of Green Awards ceremony (watch below), he spoke of one easy thing we could all do to get started on a greener path: sign a petition! As one of the founders of Oceana, which the world's largest group dedicated to ocean conservation, Danson plugged his organization's no fuss way to sign up online and become a "wavemaker." Oceana has gathered together a base of about 500,000 e-activists who are crucial to their grassroots efforts when lobbying for change.

"You have done something with five minutes of your day that will make a difference to the world," Danson said.

So start searching today and find a cause or organization that you have a passion for. As Danson said, it only takes minutes to effect real change. Every little bit counts and you may be the last signature an organization needs at that very moment. Of course, it's important to do your research and be aware of what you're signing up to support, but it's crucial to remember that political action on environmental policy issues is as important as the simple steps we take to reduce our environmental impact at home.


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