Thursday, October 7, 2010

Inter-Generational Justice - Why We Need To Care

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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. ~Native American Proverb

I had the amazing privilege to attend Severn, The Voice Of Our Children at the Vancouver International film Fest that inspired and moved me in ways I can barely articulate. The catalyst for the movie was Severn Suzuki, also known as 'the girl who silenced the world'. At a mere twelve years old her 1992 speech at the the Earth Summit was revolutionary. Perhaps even more astonishing was that her speech contained incredible foresight.

We are killing ourselves. We are killing our children. The message has not changed and we need to hear it. We need to hear it now. We do not have a right to deny our children a healthy future. We do not have the right to rob the fellow creatures we share this earth with of their lives.

As we head towards our thanksgiving dinners, more than being thankful for the food in front of us we need to start looking at where it comes from? What it contains? How it is harming or nourishing our family? We are so removed from the things that sustain us. We would die without food and yet most of us know nothing of the land it comes from. Our shelter, our clothes, everything comes at a deep cost and we need to examine just what that cost it.

There was a phrase continuously used in this film called "inter-generational justice". This resonates with me as I prepare to one day be a mother. This land is their land and I have no right to rob them of it. No right to hurt their future by using plastic bags, leaving lights on, wasting water, shopping irresponsibly, the list goes on and on. Severn Suzuki is correct when she sights what we are doing as crimes against humanity. Crimes against future generations. When we say we would do anything for our children, we need to be prepared to do the most important thing which is to save their lives. We need to reclaim a respect for all life if we are to survive.

We are not "saving the planet" because earth will survive without us. We are striving to save humanity and those we share this planet with. We need to act now. We need to show future generations just how much we love them.

Thanksgiving is about appreciation and gratitude. Today I am immensely thankful that we may still have a chance to turn our future around. I am so in love with my unknown child that as I sit here I am praying I can make them proud through my actions and maybe, just maybe give them a world they can be truly thankful for.

This is her 1992 Summit speech and I implore you to watch it.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am thankful for each and everyone of you. xx

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  1. This is a truly incredible post and video! Thank you for sharing it with us and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  2. What a powerful message from a 12 year old girl. We should ALL listen to this message and act on it! Thanks for sharing your wisdom Jessa!

  3. You've given me chills friend... Thank you for sharing this message!

  4. You have such a caring heart. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this!! It is amazing that 18 years later we still haven't learned. Sunday is 10/10/10 and there are going to be environmental work parties all over the world, you should check it out
    Much love and happy thanksgiving

  6. So true... what a great, meaningful post. xo


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