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this beautiful movement is the most important thing

October 10, 2011

Here’s some of what Naomi Klein wrote this week about the Occupy Wall Street movement.

“We all know, or at least sense, that the world is upside down: we act as if there is no end to what is actually finite—fossil fuels and the atmospheric space to absorb their emissions. And we act as if there are strict and immovable limits to what is actually bountiful—the financial resources to build the kind of society we need.

“The task of our time is to turn this around: to challenge this false scarcity. To insist that we can afford to build a decent, inclusive society—while at the same time, respect the real limits to what the earth can take.”

Caring for each other as if we’ll be working together for many years to come, caring for the earth as if we remember that our life depends on Her, challenging those systems which have lost their connection to caring about life …

Health care people and our client communities need to be talking together about how community and individual health depend on the health of the planet and the health of our economic and political systems. And how our social connections are affected when there are problems with any of the above.

Surely family violence and the imposition of mining on the fragile Arctic ecosytem are connected. Shouldn’t we be talking about what Inuit people will be left with when the mineral resources are gone? Does anyone really believe that most of those mining jobs will go to Inuit people or that the money made will stay in Nunavut? Will Hall Beach and Igloolik be able to hold out for safe waters for the creatures they depend on for food? We rarely talk about these kinds of things as if they are central health care concerns.

Does anyone really believe that the Canadian government will continue to fund services in Nunavut when there is nothing left to take? It’s rare for health care givers to talk with each other about the impossibility of effectively addressing the health and sicknesses of individuals and communities without looking at how short a time we might have to work together here.

There are too many divisions between people working towards a healthy Nunavut.

Don’t we need to stop and look at things together? Retrieved 9 Oct 2011.

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