You live inside us, beings of the future.
In the spiral ribbons of our cells, you are here. In our rage for the burning forests, the poisoned fields, the oil-drowned seals, you are here. You beat in our hearts through late-night meetings. You accompany us to clear-cuts and toxic dumps and the halls of the lawmakers. It is you who drive our dogged labors to save what is left.
O you who will walk this Earth when we are gone, stir us awake. Behold through our eyes the beauty of this world. Let us feel your breath in our lungs, your cry in our throat. Let us see you in the poor, the homeless, the sick. Haunt us with your hunger, hound us with your claims, that we may honour the life that links us.
You have as yet no faces we can see, no names we can say. But we need only hold you in our mind, and you teach us patience. You attune us to measures of time where healing can happen, where soil and souls can mend. You reveal courage within us we had not suspected, love we had not owned.
O you who come after, help us remember: we are your ancestors. Fill us with gladness for the work that must be done.
– Joanna Macy
Reminder that tonight there is a talk at The University of Victoria by Dr Thierry Vrain on GMOs. 7 pm room A110 in David Turpin Building. Bring your sceptic friends, the ones that still think that GMOs are saving the world. The ones who don’t know the reality or are confused. Those who’ve read so much about the promise of GMOs. Tell them to ask questions… Like: Are there nutritionally superior GMO crops? What is the evidence that GMOs don’t increase yields? Do GMOs increase or decrease pesticides? Ask about superweeds and super pests. Ask about the precautionary principle.
Dr Vrain is a retired scientist who spent much of his career attesting to the safety of GMOs. He’s now Blowing the Whistle on the GMO industry (owned by a handful of Chemical companies). If you can’t go, take 17 mins and have a listen to his Ted x talk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQkQXyiynYs