I cry for the world a lot. How can you live in this world and not cry? Do you live under a bushel basket? Or perhaps you only read the mainstream media? Or perhaps you think that your lot lies with the oppressors? Perhaps you think your fate doesn’t rely on a healthy Earth? Or that the brutal oppression of people in far-away places won’t affect you. I vividly remember a person from El Salvador saying “All these tortures, murders and death squads that the USA uses against us in El Salvador, someday they will use them against the people in the USA. If you let them get away with it here, you will suffer them too.”
The three permaculture ethics are “Care of People, Care of Planet and Fair Share.” Everywhere across the planet you can see these principles being violated – daily routinely, officially sanctioned. We try to bury our heads in the sand, go to work, pay our bills, try to stay under the radar. The world’s wildlife has been reduced dramatically in the last 20 years. Traditional cultures are under the gun or enticed to the cities. Forest cutting and ecosystem degradation continue at a fast pace. Extinction rates are high on land and sea. The % of the world’s wealth owned by the top 1% is increasing by leaps and bounds. Dictatorial and/or corrupt governments run pretty much every country on the planet. Oppression and repression abound. Can this continue? A resounding NO!!! If there is no revolution we will all die as the planet’s ecology collapses.
I have children and grandchildren. I want them to have a good future. I fear for them. What can I do for them in the remaining years of my life? I have dedicated my life to building an alternative to the death and destruction. My efforts are joined by multitudes of others and we have won some battles and lost many others. The war is raging. The war for Earth - the war for human souls. In the end, I do believe in evolution towards the Light. I do believe that naught is in vain. But still I weep for the losses of today. I weep for the Earth despoiled and the people who die unjust deaths at the hands of the takers and the agents of death.
Lets call a spade a spade and wake more people up. To be clear, I am not calling for a violent revolution. I do not fight with guns and swords but with words, seeds, tree planting and building the alternatives. Education, yes! Protests, yes! Boycotts, yes! Non-violent resistance, yes!
I recently attended the Economics of Happiness Conference in Port Townsend Washington. Helena Norberg-Hodges was one of the keynote speakers. Helena said that the main solution was localization, building local economies, reducing our dependence on globalization.
Here is a video of someone who is resisting.
Ahed Tamimi, the 16 year-old Palestinian girl who slapped an Israeli soldier-- after the Israelis stole their land and killed their relatives. The Israelis regularly shoot, arrest and torture Palestinian children as well as adults.
Painting by Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild member Grant Modderman.