Dear Friends: I am so grateful there are so many of you. I am very, very blessed in this life to have so many wonderful friends. (Plato said, “Your wealth is where your friends are,” & I know I am very wealthy indeed!! )
& I’m grateful to all of you for being my friends! We all know I am “not like everyone else.” I colour only outside the lines, really – thoroughly non-conformist, & am always "blowing the whistle" about all (or, well, at least some of) the elephants in the room – which doesn’t always make me popular, does it??
Well. There’s another elephant I gotta call.
As you all know, I’ve been doing environmental work for the past 20+ years – on issues like waste, pesticides, cancer prevention, climate change & nuclear energy. I know you appreciate my work, & my efforts, & it’s lovely to be so well appreciated, for sure. As I’ve said a few times lately, my work is not fuelled by money, it’s fuelled by appreciation (as well as passion, of course!). I am much appreciated, & this makes all the difference in the world to me.
But. But but but but but.
One of you said something to me the other day that really kind of upset me. That the issue of incineration had come up when you were talking to another friend, who was apparently quite shocked to hear that an incinerator is being planned for Durham Region (of course, this has been in the news for years!). And you said to this friend, “Janet’s on it.”
As though I am Wonder Woman or something, & can tackle all these horrid schemes & projects & situations, while others just watch & cheer me on from the sidelines.
Boy, I sure wish life were that simple. I really, really do.
But it isn’t. It isn’t anywhere near that simple.
We need an army of people to join us – on all the issues of environmental & social justice.
Haven’t you all noticed how insane things are?????
I no longer believe in “long-term prospects” for the human race. I’m not even so sure about the short-term ones. I do believe things are far, far more grave than most of us realize. (I have long said humans are the cancer on this Earth – & also the cure. But most of us are not putting the necessary efforts into the cure…so it simply isn’t happening. Healing & cures take work. Plenty of it. You don’t just sit on your butt waiting for them. You know??)
So, I have finally, sadly, come to accept that we are f*cked.
& yet. & yet. & yet.
I’m still working my butt off, out here, dudes.
My energy lately is focused on trying to help keep Durham Region (& surrounding areas, e.g., the city of Toronto just to the west of us) safer, by working to oppose the proposed Darlington “new build” of 2 – 4 new reactors, & also oppose the plans to “refurbish” the existing reactors (& keep that damn nuke facility going until 2055). Yech to all of the above!! (Lots of postings about the March/April 2011 Darlington new build hearings here.) “Refurbishments” create a ton of new nuclear waste – so we simply have to stop this!!
These efforts need you. A whole bunch of you. We can & do make a difference, even with really small numbers – but not enough of a difference.
Albert Einstein said “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
Do you want to help prevent a nuclear accident like Fukushima from happening here? Or having household garbage burned in an incinerator that will further pollute our air, Lake Ontario, our own bodies & those of our children & grandchildren? (these are just for a start: there are other pressing issues!!)
I’ve given up thinking we can “pull it out of the fire.” I used to believe that, & sadly that faith has left me. I believe too much apathy & over-consumption for too long, along with the sheer momentum of our voracious use of the Earth’s resources, have simply pushed things beyond the brink.
Even so, it isn’t too late to make a difference. I know the efforts of our small group (Durham Nuclear Awareness) are making a difference.
But we need lots of help.
Please help us!
p.s. pretty please!!
p.p.p.s. U might want to check out the Greenpeace report 'Lessons from Fukushima' here.
p.s. # 4: & a list of Darlington Refurbishment-related postings here
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, 1929-1968
Runners-up for Q. of the day:
“Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.” – Helen Keller
“Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality of those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy, in a speech in Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966.
“The most revolutionary thing one can do is always to proclaim loudly what is happening.” – Rosa Luxemburg
“We don’t have to engage in grand heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can change the world.” – Howard Zinn
“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” – Edmund Burke
 Woody Allen put a funny spin on this that always makes me chuckle. He once said “More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.”