I’ve just returned from my daughter’s house where I had the joy and pleasure of nursing my granddaughter for a couple of hours. She is only three weeks old so hasn’t yet had a chance to get to grips with this world that she has been born into.
I have just been reading the short essay “Lily’s Chickens” by Barbara Kingsolver in her book Small Wonder and it rings so many bells for me, I wish I was articulate as she is! Anyway, it got me thinking, as I held my granddaughter, as to what sort of world do we want for our children and grandchildren? It feels like many of our politicians and business leaders see the world as a factory that they can endlessly run to provide products that we can consume, a linear economy of “from cradle to grave” products. And yet we know that this is what is trashing our planet, we can’t keep consuming, we need to re-learn how to live within a cyclical economy where we consume less and those things that we do consume are recycled back into nature.
We are so out of touch with nature, and yet we are part of nature! “From dust we came and to dust we will return” or as I prefer “compost to compost”. So many people don’t have the foggiest idea where their food comes from, what their food contains, the real cost of their food, or where the wasted food goes to. Last week I gave a short presentation at a food waste / composting workshop on just that issue and Barbara Kingsolver communicates it brilliantly in her essay.
My dream is that my granddaughter will have the opportunity to grow up as part of nature, knowing the love of family but also the joy and love of growing up with plants and animals and how to tend and care for the nature around her. But for this to happen, I need to stand up and protect what is left, I need to protest against those who destroy, help open the eyes of those who can’t see what is around them and help nature to regenerate around us.
I so hope that she will not be disappointed.