I don’t usually get too involved in politics, although having said that everything we do could be interpreted as a political act, from the language we use to what we buy. Even growing our own food can be seen as a deeply political act. I feel drawn to write this as I want to use my voice, just as I would like us all to use our voices to bring about the world we want to live in.
There is a permaculture principle ‘feed what you want to grow’. I believe that staying in the EU will help us feed the feelings of unity and interconnectedness. There is a line from my poem ‘Manifesto for humanity’ ‘We are thinking and acting like a global family.’ If we are able to come to this realisation and really embody in our being, thinking and actions our interconnectedness then we are truly on the road to peace in this world. I want to live in a culture of peace where we don’t spend valuable resources on maintaining our boundaries.
The other reason that I will feel more secure about my children and grandchildren’s futures if we stay in the EU is a greater resistance to corrupt corporations able to manipulate policies and cause more ecocide. I believe there is more accountability, tolerance, democracy and wisdom available to us all if we stay in the EU.
I would like to think that we can welcome the opportunity to be part of something much larger than our tiny island. I don’t want to act out of fear, but come from a place of trust and harmony, I hope we can do that on June 23rd.
This beautiful song by Sara Thomsen By Breath emphasises our interconnectedness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HgOJiJRKMM
(Photo credit Dana Wilson, Gaiacraft, taken at the Social Permaculture Course in UK 2015 with participants from all over the world)