5 Inspirational Speeches to Bring You Hope in the New Year

At this time of year, we’re all running a little low on energy and likely feeling burnt out from the past 12 months of political attacks.

If you’re in need of a little bit of hope, here are five inspirational speeches relating to the causes and stories you care about. While they can’t work magic and make all our problems go away, hopefully these words can stoke that fire for next year’s fight for a better world.

1. Animal Rights: Birth of An Activist

Speaker Simone Reyes discusses how she became an animal rights activist, specifically highlighting an encounter she had with what can only be described as a ball of bats on the sidewalk. This engaging and provocative talk challenges us to take ownership of our choices. When we say “someone should really do something about that,” Reyes answers “I am somebody” and urges all of us to act.

2. Michelle Obama on Empowering Women

Former First Lady Michelle Obama has become a global thought leader — and one of my personal sources of inspiration. Each of her speeches has been filled with layers of intellect and compassion, but perhaps one her most powerful addresses was ”Empowering Women.” In this 2015 speech, Obama told an audience of young British women that “girls like you inspire me everyday” and discussed the value of education for freeing and elevating women.

3. Canadian Prime Minister on Empowerment and Feminism

In March of 2016, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received the Catalyst award in New York City. In his acceptance speech, Trudeau discussed how to cultivate greater gender equality in politics. He also emphasized why men must talk to their sons about feminism and gender equality.

4.The Case for Optimism on Climate Change

Al Gore has long been a leading voice on climate change and the impact of fossil fuels on our planet. With President Trump now in the driver’s seat at the White House, it could be easy to lose hope in this fight. But Gore’s 2016 TED Talk describes several ways we could still save future generations from the worst effects of climate change.

In this talk, Gore discusses the major environmental issues at hand and offers some promising solutions that could turn things around before it’s too late.

5. Language is a Place of Struggle

Actress and LGBT rights advocate Laverne Cox received the Attitude Magazine Inspiration Award this year. She delivered a beautiful speech about how language shapes us, binds us and can ultimately lift us up as we reclaim the power to define who we are and what we choose as our truths.

Cox also talks about the climate of accountability that has recently emerged in our society, but she urges us to go beyond publicly shaming those who make mistakes to create spaces that also facilitate change, reconciliation and the ability to grow.

As ever, Cox remains an advocate for empathy – a lesson that seems critical as we move in to a new year and a symbolic chance for a fresh start.

Photo credit: Andre Hunter on Unsplash.

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