Starting a student-run vegetarian club or organizing an animal fundraising event on campus are excellent ways to show you care about animals during the school year but what are some discreet ways we can be a voice for animals for those of us who just want to do our small part without drawing too much attention?
Try one or all of these 6 ways to be a voice for animals throughout the school year, they’re also all budget-friendly too! They apply to all students attending elementary school, high school, college, or university!
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1. Use your tech gadgets as a walking billboard
Since our laptops and phones never leave our sides, this is a great opportunity to make a statement and use our trusty gadgets as an advocacy billboard. You can purchase and even customize decals to stick on your laptop or phone covers.
If you don’t want to make the commitment to putting stickers on your laptop or phone just in case you change your mind or want to switch out for a new design, then you can opt for a noncommittal phone case.
2. Dress it up with advocacy pins
I use to collect pins as I travelled across Europe because they were inexpensive and super easy to carry around without taking any room in my luggage! Wear these pins on your school bag or pencil case and I’m sure they’ll spark up an engaging conversation. You can also buy magnet versions of these pins to put in your locker.
3. Customize your notebooks and binders
I remember clipping magazines and making collages to personalize all of my school notebooks and binders. Now it’s a whole lot easier, you can create an awesome design from your computer, print it, and insert it into your binder cover in a matter of minutes!
I found this works best with binders that have the clear sheet protector on the front and back covers so you can easily insert a sheet of paper and switch it out throughout the term.
If you’re not feeling so crafty and prefer to have one designed for you, Etsy is a great place to find instant downloadable prints and you can even ask for a custom one. Just be sure to adjust the page settings when it comes to printing them so they fit perfectly on your notebooks or binders!
You can also use stickers to personalize your school notebooks, if you’re buying them online, you’ll unfortunately have to wait for them to arrive in the mail as there isn’t an instant download option available.
4. Changing your computer’s desktop wallpaper
Going paperless? If you don’t have a notebook and instead use your laptop for note-taking then you can alternatively use your laptop’s desktop wallpaper to help get the message out!
Design something of your own, download some online for free, or purchase a design from Etsy for an instant download to replace your current wallpaper. Easy as vegan pie!
5. Sport a vegan statement t-shirt
6. Carry pamphlets and flyers with you at all times
You never know when someone in class may show interest in helping animals or switching to a plant-based diet, I always like to be prepared and have some literature ready if the time calls for it.
Let me know in the comments below what are some ways your going to be a voice for animals during the school year?
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