I should never have mentioned 'the good news',
in last week's rant about food security.
I feel like I have created anticipation for something huge,
to solve all the world's food security problems
with a side serving of solutions to the all the World's
political, social, cultural and environmental woes!
What I have is small.
Tiny in fact!
But it is something.
waiting to be nurtured,
guided and grown to maturity.
The good news is, 'Us'.
Last week's post shot up to the top of my monthly statistics so I know it hit a chord with many of you.
Your comments on the topic show we are part of a blogging community of like minds. Our cyber-community is with a place to share our frustrations and fears...but also to share our knowledge and expertise. That has to be good news.
Think about it as a bit like a Venn diagram.
We all operate in our own circle of influence. In our individual circles with us are our families (especially the following generations), neighbours, friends, workmates, acquaintances
and our blog readers and followers (of course).
Within our own circle we can have impact on the thinking and behaviours of others.
Not by lecturing (not cool unless the audience is receptive),
but by example.
Every beautiful egg or bunch/basket of surplus vegetables and fruit
shared or given away...
every shared meal made from our own produce...
or jar of jam or sauce or chutney...
every homemade gift hamper...
All so much more than gifts...
more like a lesson in what is possible.
We can take every possible opportunity to interact with the wider community. For example, my arrangement with Daniel began as a rather self centred effort, on my part to acquire a greenhouse. But it has morphed into an opportunity for me to educate others through the writing of articles for his web site about many of the subjects closest to my heart.
Each of our circles overlap and interact with those of other bloggers.
In the interacting spaces we can discuss, commiserate, educate, share, and question.
So keep on working out what is important to you.
Growing the food,
cooking from scratch,
reusing, recycling, repurposing,
learning new (old) skills,
becoming an educated consumer,
blah, blah, blah...
You get the drift.
Above all keep educating yourself
and passing on your skills.
Where possible reach out of your circle to the wider community.
Take a course,
run a course,
write to the editor of your local paper,
ring the radio stations,
contact your local politician.....
Above all, don't become disheartened!
I know something is happening.
Check out these photos from the Melbourne Agricultural Show.
For the first time there was an area set aside
between the agricultural displays and the carnival rides and sideshows entitled
(I can't believe, I didn't take a photo of Daniel and the greenhouse!)
We, and people like us, are becoming
a critical mass and others are beginning to notice.
Perhaps we can't change the world
but we can nurture the change.