May 24, 2011

Sleeping Through the Alarm Bells

Bell at Felsentor, Switzerland
This Letter to the Editor in the THE OLYMPIAN on May 15, 2011, was written by Barbara Monda and is reprinted here without permission, but the message is urgent and I feel hardly anyone could object to furthering this call to action.  

I plan to set my alarm for 6 p.m. every Sunday evening and will ring our 'Zendo wake-up bell' for five minutes joining Barbara Monda.  This seems like a simple thing to do, but imagine if we all did it, what actions and demands on our corporations and governments we might wake to. 

     "Today in global news: "Global mercury emissions could grow by 25 percent by 2020."
     "That's certainly a threat to all life as China, India and South America enter the race for energy consumption and pollution once monopolized by the industrial U.S. and Europe.
    "Closer to home, there is discovered a huge level of dioxins in Budd Inlet.  It is not disputable that these kill.
     "According to the U.N., world population will reach 7 billion to 10 billion by 2050.  This is beyond the earth's ability to sustain a healthy biosphere.
     "Everyone knows dioxins and mercury kill.  Everyone knows people are sick or have died because of impure water, tainted food, airborne toxins, radiation, new germs and viruses developing because of weakened hosts.
     "Now add to that the industrial family of mega-corporations working very effectively to kill environmental controls and protections.  The TV is full of their million dollar ads to convince a dying people of how safe they are without government interference.
     "The number one threat to human population on this planet is humans populating and the polluting effect of their existence, enhanced or caused by monetary greed and thirst for power.
     "The consequences are so frightening, we avoid its reality.  We hide, get distracted.  We sleep through all the alarm bells.
     "I propose we wake up.  Every Sunday at 6 p.m., I will ring earth bells to alarm us to the threats of ecological disaster.
     "Join me.  Ring loud."
                                                                                                                       Barbara Monda, Olympia