Future First: Tomorrow Is In Our Hands

As the United States continues to move closer to becoming a corporate police state ruled by greedy capitalists (like the Koch Brothers) and their corporations / stockholders hungry to capitalize on precious resources and subjugate our peoples (thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010)), I wonder and ask …

QUESTIONS THAT MATTER

Who will care for the welfare of future generations?

Who will stand up for the survival of all our relations in the animal and plant realms?

What will become of those less fortunate? Or to our First World relations, who are most feeling the initial effects of climate change?

The rapid extinction of species matters. According to a recent report by the London Zoological Society in its new Living Planet Index, the global loss of species is worse than previously thought and suggests that populations have halved in the past 40 years (i.e, in our lifetimes!).

Flowers & Trees

Yellow Flowers Bee

If we lose our  precious pollinators, what will become of our food supply?

Two thirds of the crops humans use for food production and the majority of wild plant species depend on pollination by insects such as bees and hover-flies. This ecosystem service, however, provided by nature to humans for free, is increasingly failing. ~Science Daily

Can we end our addiction to fossil fuels and materialism before it’s too late?

These are urgent concerns. Our world is in crisis. Most of us feel this. It can be overwhelming to look at and integrate the pain. Yet, in looking, facing and integrating the truth of what is happening to our world and our pain, we are then able to empower ourselves to move forward and work on behalf of what we love.

This is where a community of people who share your concerns, listen and hear your voice, see and support your efforts to make positive growth and change is crucial. We all need community. These days we need to be intentional about creating and nurturing connection, community and a sense of belonging in our lives in order to mitigate the isolation, alienation, depression and suicide so prevalent in our culture now.

HOW CAN I MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Perhaps this is the most important question to ask ourselves.

What actions can I take, even if they are very small actions, to honor life?

How can I change my life to reflect a greater integrity with my value of cherishing and valuing all of life and to work for its preservation?

What will it take for me to become a positive force for change and to support the empowerment of other change-makers?

TOMORROW IS IN OUR HANDS

It’s up to us to take personal responsibility and make the changes demanded of us by our consciences. It is a moral imperative. It’s up to you and me to take a stand on behalf of our beautiful planet, all of our relations, and future generations.

Future First: The Women’s Congress for Future Generations cares deeply about these concerns and questions. On November 6-9, 2014, women leaders, scholars, activists, writers, artists, mothers, musicians, daughters, grandmothers — sisters from many different backgrounds — are converging in Minneapolis for the second Women’s Congress. They intend to continue the important, collective work of crafting the Declaration of Rights Held by Future Generations. They will speak to these questions and crucial issues of collective liberation, social justice, climate change and climate justice, the preservation of species and more.

Who should attend? Everyone yearning to make a difference! Your voice is needed. You can register here. All are welcome.

Together, we can work to create and sustain a world in which we and generations to come can thrive. It’s going to take every one of us!

Unless something unexpected happens to help me get there, I will not be able to attend the Congress because I do not have the resources. However, I will definitely be there in spirit and doing all I can to support this important work. I urge all of you who can attend to make it so.

Or look for other ways that you can make a contribution to this important work.

NEED MORE INSPIRATION?

Need inspiration to move forward?

Listen, watch and dance to Coco Love Alcorn’s fabulous song “Revolution” here …

AND

Neil Young shared with Democracy Now! an acoustic solo recording of his new song, “Who’s Gonna Stand Up” (previously unreleased), a Climate Anthem for our times.
Listen here.

Who’s Gonna Stand Up

Protect the wild, tomorrow’s child
Protect the land from the greed of man
Take down the dams, stand up to oil
Protect the plants, and renew the soil

Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth?
Who’s gonna say that she’s had enough?
Who’s gonna take on the big machine?
Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth?
This all starts with you and me

Damn the dams, save the rivers
Starve the takers and feed the givers
Build a dream, save the world
We’re the people known as earth

Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth?
Who’s gonna say that she’s had enough?
Who’s gonna take on the big machine?
Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth?
This all starts with you and me

Ban fossil fuel, draw the line
Before we build, one more pipeline
Ban fracking now, save the waters
And build a life, for our sons and daughters

Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth?
Who’s gonna say that she’s had enough?
Who’s gonna take on the big machine?
Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth?
This all starts with you and me

Who’s gonna stand up
Who’s gonna stand up
Who’s gonna stand up
Who’s gonna stand up
Who’s gonna stand up

 

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