Thank you to all who took part in my Citizens’ Assembly via earthweal this week. I have submitted our feedback, stories and suggestions to the organisers, meaning they should feature in the first official Global Assembly 2021 report!
I really appreciate the care, effort and consideration which participants gave to this challenge. Below you will find some of the quotes I fed back to the Global Assembly:
Ten years onIngrid Wilson, Assemble!
my eldest son will be full-grown
my youngest, in the bloom of adolescence
and what kind of future will they face on an unstable planet?
I’d like to say, at least, I did my best
as I got out of the car
i saw a black mask lying in the gutter
about to begin its journey to the stormwater drain
out to sea
and i thought
what kind of person
could do this
and then i thought of the 1.6 billion masks
polluting the ocean
and answered my own question
quite a lot
Five years left to lower emissions,Sherry Marr, I Ask the Unlistening Ear
they say, yet nothing changes.
When man is replaced by faster methodsSelma Martin, Why Do We Need To Save The World Dairy Herd For Profit?
Eventually something has to give
Get ready for greed and starvation
Put time, hearts, money into the futureKim Whysall-Hammond, The future calls
before she burns away
It’s time to praise water without waitingSusan Chast, Beyond Shrink-Wrap and Faucets
for more reasons to weep. Time we learned
to save it without looking for whom to blame.
Time we showed up to save ourselves
When we can createSusan Chast, Haiku Essay
improves on itself
Stop eating meat and dairy produce,Jane Dougherty, In the eye of the storm
stop using gas-guzzling cars,
stop using planes and going to far-away countries to despoil them
Entangled in destruction,Kerfe Roig, Uncertainty
each year shortened
by greed and complacency.
everything alive is singingSarah Connor, Silence
and I am singing – the blood
in my veins sings,
and my heart sings,
and my fingers sing
and the electric surges
of my nerves are songs
and the breath in my lungs
is a song is a song is a song
and I fear the silence
It has not escaped my notice that all participants to this challenge were women. I will reserve judgement on this matter, but only say that perhaps more matriarchal thought is needed to take us forward. Just look how well the patriarchy is succeeding right at this moment…