Voices United

Back in October 2014, I shared a post titled “Activism as Art“, about my involvement in protecting the Olympic Peninsula bioregion from Navy War Games. This week, almost one year later, sixty people from around Western Washington State gathered at the Olympic National Forest Headquarters in Olympia to personally deliver a petition with over 120,000 voices united from around the world. It was powerful.

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Photo courtesy of DOUGLAS SCOTT from THE OUTDOOR SOCIETY.   

The Care2 Petition received very strong support from around the world and remains open at this time. If you have a moment, please sign and share the petition. Follow up about the event can be found on The Outdoor Society. Below is footage from the event courtesy of Raindagger Productions:

 

 

In the words of Joanna Macy:

You live inside us, beings of the future.

In the spiral ribbons of our cells, you are here.  In our rage for the burning forests, the poisoned fields, the oil-drowned seals, you are here.  You beat in our hearts through late-night meetings.  You accompany us to clear-cuts and toxic dumps and the halls of the lawmakers.  It is you who drive our dogged labors to save what is left.

O you who will walk this Earth when we are gone, stir us awake.  Behold through our eyes the beauty of this world.  Let us feel your breath in our lungs, your cry in our throat.  Let us see you in the poor, the homeless, the sick.  Haunt us with your hunger, hound us with your claims, that we may honour the life that links us.

You have as yet no faces we can see, no names we can say.  But we need only hold you in our mind, and you teach us patience.  You attune us to measures of time where healing can happen, where soil and souls can mend.  You reveal courage within us we had not suspected, love we had not owned.

O you who come after, help us remember: we are your ancestors.  Fill us with gladness for the work that must be done.

 

For more, visit protectolmypicpeninsula.org and facebook.com/protectolypen

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