The theme of the 2018-19 Common Experience is “think global, act local.” This theme urges people to consider the health of the entire planet and to take action in their own communities and cities. Long before governments began enforcing environmental laws, individuals were coming together to protect habitats and the organisms that live within them. These grassroots efforts occur on a local level and are primarily run by volunteers and helpers. "Think Global, Act Local" originally began at the grassroots level, however, it is now a global concept with high importance. It is not just volunteers who take the environment into consideration. It is corporations, government officials, the education system, and local communities.

Perhaps you are passionate about providing clean water for the people of the developing world, but you cannot travel abroad to do this. What you can do is volunteer for a local non-governmental organization known as WaterStep that actually carries this out. Perhaps you are worried about global warming. You can become informed about the topic and work locally to urge businesses to be socially and globally conscious. The text for this year’s Common Experience is Where Am I Wearing? by Kelsey Timmerman. Perhaps you have read about so-called “sweat-shops” that make our clothes. Timmerman urges you to become an informed consumer and base your local purchases on that information. This year we will have a series of events and presentations which focus on the theme “think global, act local.”