Sunday, October 08, 2006

Whos Harvest Is It Anyway

This sunday, at Wesleys Chapel, we had our annual Harvest festival. Like all churches this is a once a year extravaganza that has hymns you can depend on, such as we plough the fields and scatter and whole variety of others. All of which seem set to build up a mental image of us all ploughing and reaping our way through the rest of the year. Yet we do not do that - we are remarkably disconnected from our food production process. Does this instead mean therefore that all our harvests should be a guilt fest. After all, there are very worthy agenices such as MRDF (the Methodist Relief and Development Fund) who bring out many resources as a way of reminding us who produces the food we do eat and the harsh conditions in which they work for our cheap food. But there is, as ever a third way. One where we realise that not only are we a vital part in a global system of food sales, by looking to ensure we always purchase fairtrade (guaranteeing a fair price for farmers)but that we also stand up for farmers within our own country. We should be grasping the fact that this idea of ripping off food production does not only happen outside this country. Even more than that though we must use Harvest as a way to reconnect with Mother Nature. We are not growing any of our own food yet we should be. We have the resources, both space and time, to ensure that we can add to our own table. This year, coupled with last year, has brought these two issues together. The "Make Poverty History" campaign made the general public aware of poverty and the ways we can tackle it. This year the Stop Climate Chaos campaign is making us face our responsibility as citizens, or even stewards, of this planet. By realising how fragile the earth is we shouldn't be allowing our food to be flown half way round the world to our door. So, I started with the all time classic of ploughing and scattering. Instead I think we need to move on. We need to accept our global place but not neglect our local place. So then, what do we think the new Harvest Hymn of choice should be... over to you kids! Take Care Y'All John

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  1. 10.00am Cycle protest assembles at Lincoln's Inn Fields, South side (Holborn/Temple tube). Goes via ExxonMobil offices, Australian Embassy and Downing Street to arrive at US embassy at 11.30 am.

    11.00am Rally opens : Messages from around the world, performance poetry & musical protest with "Seize the Day" and others.

    12 noon Main Rally at US Embassy, Grosvenor Square. Speakers include George Monbiot, Colin Challen MP, Caroline Lucas MEP, Norman Baker MP, Zac Goldsmith.

    1.00 pm March for Global Climate Justice from US embassy to Trafalgar Square

    1.45 - 2.00 pm March joins i-Count's.. Mass Gathering in Trafalgar Square

    1.00 - 3.00pm i-Count Mass Gathering in Trafalgar Square

    Stop climate chaos are limiting their activities to the UK but the march organisers, CCC, are keen on international solidarity, more on:

    Join us for the biggest event of the year to stop climate chaos!