Nearly every conversation these days starts with: “How are you doing?” And it should. We are all worried. We are all trying to take care of ourselves, and each other.
But we should also be asking each other what we are doing—beyond of course adjusting to and coping with whatever havoc COVID-19 has wrought on our personal lives.
What are we doing to make our own immune systems more resilient? To demand the end of pandemic-breeding factory farms and the policies that promote them?
What are we doing to restore and preserve the natural biodiversity so essential to ecosystem health—and so threatened by industrial GMO monocultures?
What are we doing to force our local, state and federal lawmakers to rethink unjust social, economic and environmental policies that leave millions of people unnecessarily and hopelessly vulnerable during a crisis?
Author and activist Arundhati Roy, in an article about the heartwrenching impact of the coronavirus on the people of India, writes:
“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.
"We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it.”
In a tragic way, the pandemic sweeping the globe today validates so much of the work we at OCA have been dedicated to for more than 20 years.
In a good way, it has reaffirmed our sense of urgency.
We are (still) ready to fight.
If you can, please make a generous donation to help continue this fight. And please stay safe.