Let's hope that charities and others will act and not stand aside. I have confidence that there is an opportunity for social action at a local and national level on an unprecedented scale with the result that there will be change - and that this change will be for the better.
Things clearly need to change and I know I'm not alone in thinking this; people are beginning to put their foot down and say enough is enough. So despite my major fears for a Tory/DUP coalition, I am incredibly excited to see the positive impact of a new meaning of 'people power'. We won't let them get away with any old policies anymore!
Charities that work hard to represent the poorest and most marginalised people around the world are wasting time, money, and resources to ensure they do not fall foul of a pedantic law, or quite simply stopping themselves from speaking out. If the Lobbying Act is not overhauled as a matter of urgency it is our democracy that suffers.
As I said, I've learnt a lot over the past few years campaigning, but perhaps the key thing I learnt was something no one ever tells us, because if really taken to heart the country would change overnight: you don't need to be knowledgeable, charismatic, ruthless or rich to be 'political': you just need to be angry.
Coal mining is not only a global issue. It's also an issue of local air pollution, democracy and environmental justice. For over a decade, Residents Against Ffos-y-fran and United Valleys Action Group have been fighting the mine. With the mine only 37 metres from the closest homes in Merthyr, they are suffering from pollution, dust, noise and vibration every day.
This week I will take direct action to target the fracking industry. I'll put my body on the line to obstruct, protest and oppose shale gas extraction. I'll be nervous when I take action. It means stepping into the frontline and that carries risks, including arrest and even prosecution. But I will be there.
Religion still has far too much prominence in the world today. It is the underpinning narrative of most major news stories
The earlier we start to make change, individually or as a whole, and showing young people the value we place on them and their voices, the more benefits we all get from it in the future. Representation of young voices has never gone far enough and now is our time to make our voices heard thoroughly and truly.
There's the sense of a major movement currently under way, a reassertion and realignment of feminism that is inclusive and serious about tackling economic inequality, job insecurity, reproductive rights, immigrant rights, violence against women, and many other issues.
The cold winter days can be difficult for everyone, and the start of a new year can present its challenges, but thankfully