I am finding difficulty in reclaiming hope when I read the news. It is not the news of political crimes and terrors of war and the blinding racism inflicted by too many people, but the news of our environmental crimes on our home, that threaten to suffocate the hope. And without hope, there can be no action. Without hope, I find myself relinquishing my ideals, my principles. What is the point, after all?
But it is not from those articles that I can find hope.
I can find hope in news of resistance, news of communities working together to stop the destruction, to build a better world, an egalitarian world.
And there are dozens of those news items.
Here is one example:
Signed December 6, Bali, Indonesia–We, the undersigned Indigenous Peoples, peasants, fisherfolks, immigrants, women, youth, cooks and civil society of the world gathered in Bali to protest the WTO, know that rice is a sacred staple crop which feeds billions of peoples worldwide. We, who courageously resist efforts to impose the use of genetically modified so-called “Golden Rice” of Monsanto, now unite to defend rice from being used as a part of capitalism of nature and carbon markets – “REDD Rice”.
In contrast to the articles about environmental destruction in mainstream sources, these communities remind us – again and again – that environmental protection cannot be achieved without economic justice and without political sovereignty. The issues are linked, inter-linked, just as the elements in our ecosystem are inter-linked and inter-dependent.
People resist. So there is hope.
And there is hope also in the reason for the resistance itself: love. We organize, we defend, we write, we raise our spirits – because there is much to love on this earth.
Here is one.
What gives your heart a smile?
What gives your heart strength to hope?
For me, not only frogs, but since all struggles for justice are linked – deeply linked, I cannot but go back to one of the largest current crimes against our humanity: the crimes of apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and occupation against Palestinians. And here is one picture of hope.
We can break the walls of injustice and indifference.
And build a better world.