The best places in our world are places where people are poor. Ok there’s nothing wonderful about poverty, except the fact that you are forced to work with the richness of nature which feeds you in the way no amount of money ever can. Those of us who have enough money to survive have the luxury of being able to choose, between the ease and convenience provided by services generated by money in our society and the possibility of retreat into places where the richness of the natural world dominates. But the people who live in those places are generally poor. They don’t have the luxury of choice that some of us have. Lets use the power and freedom of choice we have to help where we can – not ignoring what’s going on in those places so far from the centres of commerce, but investing time, money and energy to making it easier for people to live in harmony with the animals and plants of their environment. It’s a tough battle, but it’s one of the very few I want to fight.
here’s a case in point where you can do something very simple. There are no elephants in Hawaii but Kauaii is the northernmost island of Hawaii. Out in the middle of the Pacific, it communicates a powerful strength beyond imagination to all but the most obtuse of visitors. It is obscene for it to be a testing ground for agro chemicals. The philosophy of Hawaii is one of deep understanding and harmony with the natural environment. Siting the tests here is financially advantageous for multi national companies but it harms the local people and their environment. Lend them your voice and your support to end the testing.