“We are very fond of blaming the poor for destroying the environment. But often it is the powerful, including governments, that are responsible.” Wangari Maathai
Dear All – I would like to offer the article below from Truthout as reflection on election day. The article looks at the intersections between environment, hunger, and women – unpacking the complexity that stands behind poverty in our globalized world.
I offer this on the day of elections as a reminder to each of us that our work is just beginning when we cast our vote, whoever is elected into the White House faces a world of complex challenges and urgent needs and we face that world with them. Democracy at its best I think calls us out of ourselves into a communal reality where our decisions are made not for ourselves but for the good of the whole. Democracy at its fullest has no room at the table for poverty, for each would have their needs met.
When we exercise the right to political participation that right is linked to the well being of the whole for it is dependent upon that well being. In essence it is linked to poverty, war, racism, environmental destruction, sexism – anything that threatens the well being of the whole is a threat to democracy. So when we vote, we are not just casting one ballot into the sea of ballots to determine leadership – we are casting light onto every issue that blocks, impedes, or threatens a table open for all. This is our shared power and responsibility, our inheritance for everyone who has struggled to deepen the democracy that began over 200 hundred years ago.
Blessings on your trip to the ballot box if you choose to go and blessings on all the tomorrows that we greet as a community….Peace Liz