億萬人起動2021:起動養植園地運動ONE BILLION RISING 2021: RISING GARDENS CAMPAIGN

轉自:One Billion Rising Revolution – Hong Kong 億萬人起動香港.

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冠狀病毒2019大流行迅速地吹開了新自由主義、資本主義、種族主義、法西斯主義、父權宰制的破壞性脈絡的掩飾,揭示予那已壓迫著我們太久的暴力和敗壞的制度。每一天,我們看到大部份失去生命的人都是因為他們的種族、性別、階級、種姓,在歷史中已長期被剝削、壓迫、邊緣化、及被歧視的人。

加上,原住民社群所抱持著跟土地的神聖連結,亦因殖民主義、被破壞的條約、和持續對原住民人權的侵犯,而被破壞。[1]

在全球各地,大部份的前線工作人員、醫護工、家庭照顧工、家務工、和農務工都是女性。就像地球一樣,她們的價值最不被重視,亦最缺乏保障。

我們必須起來去重視、保護和提昇那些肩負重要工作的人。我們必須為地球而起動,因她是對所有生命最重要的。

我們呼籲全世界所有人起來去尊重和重視我們的婦女勞工,以及去創造和育養我們的「起動養植園地」。

為何是「起動養植園地」?

養植園地提醒我們跟生命、跟彼此、跟地球的持久連結,亦推動我們竭盡所能去保護和育養生命,以及所有神聖的事物,而不作傷害。而耕作植物亦是存活的途徑。在養植園地中種植有機食品,無論是你自己的室內花園或社區農圃,可讓你餵飽你自己或你的社區。這為許多在這世界中被排拒而不能獲得這些重要資源的人,提供了自主性及強調了足夠糧食的重要性。聯合國的世界糧食計劃在四月的報告指出,冠狀病毒大流行可令全球受苦於嚴重糧食不足的人口倍增至二億六千五百萬。[2]

維持一個養植園地就是一個抵抗的行動,因為她正是在做那些資本主義機器所不會做的,她在把人、社群和地球連結起來。在當下生態、環境、社會、靈性都已崩潰的時代,去種植自己的食物,去育養美好和生命,本身就是革命性的。在當今世界秩序都傾向於破壞時,把我們的能量、創造力和心力都投放於所有可滋養及持續各色生命的事情上,本身就基進的政治行為。在糧食缺乏的地區和低收入坊里中存在和持續的社區農圃,證實了耕植它們的黑人及其他有色人種社群的頑強恢復能力。

照顧一個養植園地就好像培育我們自己的社群,需要耐性、創造力、愛、關懷、用心、恆常、勤勞、專注和委身。養植集中於生長及分享,並不是取得或私有。

去照顧一個養植園地,育養她茂盛生長,亦會加深我們跟地球母親的關係。

養植園地使我們確切深入地置身在尊重生命的藝術之中,亦可成為創造性抵抗的藝術溫床。

養植園地是可接合和喚醒我們的感官意識的神聖空間,可令我們相信奇妙美麗的事物,和跟所有生物的連結。就像劇場一樣,那是遊戲和轉化的地方,更是我們讚頌生命及為生命貢獻的地方。

起動養植園地是一個帶挑釁性的創造性呼喚,她要求復興、復原和轉化。以多種方式,她們都是一個慈悲的公義呼喚,因在我們這時代中,其中一個最大的不公義,就是對地球母親的破壞和滅絕,等同於那持續及不斷昇級的針對性別的暴力。我們不可繼續那對女性勞工和地球資源的搾取,而不感恩於她們。我們必須尊重和保護地球和婦女,才可讓生命存續。

要讓養植園地生長是要去愛。

要維持社群的動力是要去愛。

創造和耕作養植園地。

在她們之中舞動。

以你手和身體起動那振盪。

為婦女及地球母親起動

#RiseGardenResist
#RisingGardens
#RisingWorld

[1] “Soul Fire Farm’s Leah Penniman Explains Why Food Sovereignty Is Central in the Fight for Racial Justice” (Vogue, 3 July 2020, Stephen Heyman)
[2] “The Freedom Garden Initiative is Giving New Meaning to Victory Gardens” (Refinery 29, 18 June 2020, Olivia Harrison)

The Covid-19 pandemic has rapidly blown open the destructive veins of neo-liberalism, capitalism, racism, fascism and patriarchy, revealing violent and broken systems that have been forced upon us for far too long. With each day, we see that the majority of people who are dying are those who have been historically exploited, oppressed, marginalized and discriminated against because of race, gender, class, caste.

Additionally, the sacred connection that Indigenous communities hold with the land has been violated through colonization, broken treaties, and the continuous human rights violations made against Indigenous people.[1]

Across the planet, the majority of front line workers, health care workers, home care workers, domestic workers, and farmworkers are women. Like the Earth, they are the least valued and protected.

We must RISE to value, protect and uplift those who are doing essential work. We must RISE for the Earth, which is the most essential to all life.

We call on everyone around the world to RISE in honor and celebration of our women workers, and to create and grow RISING GARDENS.

Why RISING GARDENS?

Gardens remind us of our enduring connection to life, to each other and to Earth, which compels us to do everything in our power to protect and nurture life and all that is sacred without doing harm. The cultivation of plant life is also a means for survival. Growing food in a garden organically – be it your own indoor garden or a community garden – allows you to feed yourself and your community. It provides autonomy and underscores the need for food security in a world where so many are denied these essential resources. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported in April that the coronavirus pandemic could double the number of people suffering from acute food insecurity this year to around 265 million globally.[2]

Maintaining a garden is an act of resistance because it does the opposite of what the capitalist machinery does – it connects people and communities with the Earth. To grow one’s own food, to grow beauty and life – is revolutionary in this age of ecological, environmental, societal, spiritual collapse. To put our energies, our creativity, our hearts into everything that can grow and sustain all forms of life when the current world order is bent on destruction is a radical political act. The existence and persistence of community gardens in food deserts and low-income neighborhoods is a testament to the resilience of the Black and Brown communities who cultivate them.

Tending to a garden, like nurturing our own communities, requires patience, creativity, love, care, attentiveness, presence, diligence, mindfulness and commitment. Gardening centralizes growing and giving, it is not about taking or acquiring.

To care for a garden – to nurture it to bloom and grow – deepens our relationship to Mother Earth.

Gardens place us firmly and deeply in the art of honoring life, becoming artistic beds of Creative Resistance.

Gardens are sacred spaces that engage and awaken our senses, make us believe in wonder, beauty and connection to all living beings. Like theatre, they are a place of play and of transformation – where we can celebrate and contribute to life.

Rising Gardens are a defiant creative call for revival, restoration and transformation. They are, in many ways, a compassionate call for justice – because one of the greatest injustices of our time has been the destruction and eradication of Mother Earth, parallel to the ongoing and escalating gender-based violence. We cannot keep the ongoing extraction of women’s labour and earth’s produce, with no gratitude to both. We must honor and protect the Earth and women in order for any future life to exist.

To make a garden grow is to love.
To keep a community alive is to love.
Create and grow gardens.
Dance in them.
Raise the Vibration with your hands and bodies.
RISE FOR WOMEN AND MOTHER EARTH

#RiseGardenResist
#RisingGardens
#RisingWorld

[1] “Soul Fire Farm’s Leah Penniman Explains Why Food Sovereignty Is Central in the Fight for Racial Justice” (Vogue, 3 July 2020, Stephen Heyman)
[2] “The Freedom Garden Initiative is Giving New Meaning to Victory Gardens” (Refinery 29, 18 June 2020, Olivia Harrison)

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