As COVID-19 continues to spread across the world, people are grappling with quick and drastic changes to everyday life.
We’ve put together a list of resources — from ways to support your community to online classes and online museums — that can help any activist looking for ways to make the best of this moment.
With things changing so quickly, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest developments. Credible information will allow you to take the best precautions to keep you and your community safe and help flatten the curve. The World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are some of the best resources for information on COVID-19. We’ll be using these resources to give regular updates on how the pandemic is unfolding.
Good news updates
In times as strange and often frightening as this, reminders of the good happening in the world can bring some much-needed motivation. That’s why we’re collecting stories of hope. Do you have an uplifting story that you’d like to share? You can submit your story here.
Outlets like Good News Shared and Good News Network are also sharing heartwarming and optimistic stories from around the world. You’ll get a daily dose of positivity, plus it may inspire new ways for you to take action during the pandemic.
From social distancing to self-quarantine to lockdowns, it’s easy to feel disconnected from the rest of the world. This can be especially hard if you feel ready to help others through this global health crisis.
Luckily, there are ways to show your support from a distance. Greenpeace and NewMode both have lists on how to help your community while practicing social distancing or staying at home. From helping those most vulnerable to mobilizing online, there are ways to stay involved and make a difference in this pandemic (aside from following your local guidelines — which is activism on its own!).
There are online courses that can sharpen your advocacy skills. Oxfam and the Open University are offering a free course that will help you become a more effective change-maker.
The online platform edX offers multiple courses on activism from different universities, including Harvard University and Wellesley College. Amnesty International also has an academy focused on human rights issues.
More education resources
If you’re looking to stay productive and keep learning beyond activism, 450 of the world’s top universities are offering courses free online, and the World Digital Library has access to free books, documents, and photos from all over the world. And, you can even visit these 10 museums from the comfort of your couch.
If you’re at home with kids of school age, or looking to brush up on your learning skills, Forbes put together 15 free education resources you can use while your child is home from school. Annenberg Learner also has resources for any grade level, plus classes for adults!