We could all just stay home this week... and it would feel like nothing happened and nothing much mattered or would look any different.
We could all just turn to look at what we've got about us, what we value in our lives and for this one week, ensure all is well and safely tucked in.
We could turn off the news, IGNORE the children in cages... IGNORE the children travelling on troubled waters in desperate mothers' arms seeking a safe port away from war, famine, drought... IGNORE that extra runway at the airport that will lead to an increase in asthma in London's children and contribute to the further degradation of the quality of the environment in which we all live... IGNORE the abuses of power happening within our system of government where Ministers do 'favours' to assist polluting industries and grease the wheels so they can overrun communities, overturn democracy and overhype their lies about proclaimed benefits whilst blocking all the proven negatives...
We could ...but what will have happened outside our individual little bubbles of life? What will have occurred elsewhere that will eventually have impact on our children, our community, our lives? Even if you don't empathise with the genuine plight of so many or... are so overwhelmed by the depth and breadth of suffering in the world that you can't find the ONE THING to focus on, please try this week to do something to at least register your dismay and make time for outrage.
For those of us who are fighting the clear and present danger of fracking (extreme energy extraction) that WILL HARM OUR CHILDREN right here, (almost) right now - we'll be facing our responsibilities, not turning away and not giving up because it's all so bloody hard and saddening. We're going to gather ourselves together and stand strong because if we don't, we will fail in our obligation to every generation to come.
Protecting our young is no longer about just tucking them in safely and ensuring they are fed and warm... it is about protecting the air they breathe, the water they need, the soil they'll rely on and maybe most importantly, their ability to have a say, exercise a right to object, raise a concern and be heard and have an impact within a democracy that actually is one.
Please don't sit this one our. See you on a frontline (or online supporting one)?