Its up to us to change the world

Congratulations to The Echo for making Dr David Suzukis visit and lecture front page news. The environment should be front page news everywhere. It should have special mention and precede the news that our drought stricken farmers will need $2 billion from the public purse to survive, because our severe droughts are directly related to global warming and therefore to pollution of the environment. Apart from overpopulation, the environment is the priority topic. Just as the Iraq war is really being fought for control of Middle East oil, (and, so, supports further pollution), so future wars will be caused by scarcity of natural resources.

Our politicians, with their narrow short-term views of issues and their fear of saying anything that might endanger their re-election which means saying nothing of consequence will not take the lead. This has to be a grass roots, people-driven project. My pessimism is that we are, as a whole, not any different from the politicians. Were trapped in lifestyles and jobs that keep us from saying what we truly think, too busy and in debt to come up for air and look around at whats really going on in the world around us. The ancient Greeks had a saying: we get the governments we deserve.

The famous war correspondent and writer Martha Gellhorn (1908-1998) wrote in her book The Face of War that she had at first blamed the powerful people on Earth for the wars and disasters, the pollution and the suffering, but then she: Gradually came to realise that people will more readily swallow lies than truth, as if the taste of lies was more homey, appetising: a habit... Good people, those who opposed evil wherever they saw it, never increased beyond a gallant minority. The manipulated millions could be aroused or soothed by any lies... I do not see how the human spirit, housed in the human body, will be able to cherish freedom, revere the rights of others, and practice its highest talent, love, when the earth is sterile from man-made poisons, the air tainted, and the race sick and dying. I do not see what human values can be defended when humanity is lost, the good and the evil together. Amen.

Bruno G Just

Goonellabah


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