The Good, The Blog and The Ugly
This month is going to prove even more difficult if I don’t accept the fact that some of these posts are going to have to be blog posts. They, unfortunately, can’t all be highlighting other peoples successes and talents, I am going to have to suck it up and accept that sometimes it’s okay to type up what I am feeling and want to express. Starting conversations and potentially stepping on a few toes.
As much as I would love for this platform to be only a celebration of the good, how others can inspire through their stories and ideas, or be it inspiring through lists of what plant to buy next, the reality is that this good we want to highlight is being done to counteract the acts committed by those that just don’t care. It’s more than likely that if you have bothered to click on any of the posts that have been written here you are a person who cares. You may be feeling a bit like me, stressed out and to be honest, exhausted by all the impending doom that seems to be approaching left, right and center.
Regardless of the gloom that is being fed to us by the mainstream media, it takes people who are willing to change aspects of their lives and stick a middle finger up to the current state of the world to make a difference, even if they are spurned and bullied by those with power, the ones who decide to do nothing and carry on living their ignorant lives.
Today marks the start of the International Rebellion, organised through Extinction Rebellion. They are an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse. In less than 12 months, Extinction Rebellion has become the fastest-growing environmental organisation in the world.
curated by Jay Griffiths with XR UK Vision team
Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great, said Mandela. History is calling from the future, a hundred years from now. Half a hundred years. Ten. Today. Calling the conscience of humanity to act with the fierce urgency of now. This is the time. Wherever we are standing is the place. We have just this one flickering instant to hold the winds of worlds in our hands, to vouchsafe the future. This is what destiny feels like. We have to be greater than we have ever been, dedicated, selfless, self-sacrificial.
The third world war — of profit versus life — is already underway. Humanity itself is on the brink of the abyss: our potential extinction. We face a breakdown of all life, the tragedy of tragedies: the unhallowed horror.
Time is broken and buckled, and seasons are out of step so even the plants are confused. Ancient wisdoms are being betrayed: to every thing there was a season, a time to be born and a time to be a child, protected and cared for, but the young are facing a world of chaos and harrowing cruelty. In the delicate web of life, everything depends on everything else: we are nature and it is us, and the extinction of the living world is our suicide. Not one sparrow can now be beneath notice, not one bee.
Something in the human spirit, too, is threatened with extinction. Many feel exhausted, ignored, lonely and anxious. Humiliated by poverty and inequality, crushed by debt, powerless, controlled and trapped, many feel defrauded of what should rightly be theirs. Societies are polarised, people estranged from each other and sundered from the living world.
Only when it is dark enough can you see the stars, and they are lining up now to write rebellion across the skies. There is no choice.
This is a rebellion for the young people and for the ancestors.
I’m writing this post knowing that I will be in Berlin during this rebellion. I plan on spending my time with the German rebels for part of my stay in Berlin. The time to act is now, we are told as children to not let people walk over us and not to be bullied into doing things we don’t want to do. I don’t fancy living in an increasingly dismal world, where we have nothing to work towards because we weren’t willing to stand up and admit we are in a state of emergency regarding the future of our home.