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Biodev rally
27 Mar 2000
lack of information and commitment among
some folks present at the rally
I was there at the rally. I went there because I
am worried about the genetic engineering and its
potential on human lives and ecology. This is a
serious issue/activism and I was saddened to find
people at the rally smoking and drinking coke. Can someone please explain why eating GMO food is hazardous, but drinking coke and smoking is not?? Do these people really care about their bodies and what they eat?? And, supporting corporations that very well may be in league with the corporations they were there to protest against. I guess for them, the phrase "you are what you eat" is selectively true.
Another issue was talking to reporters and fellow humans about the issues. I witnessed folks (who were lucky enough to attend the workshops at the conference) totally clueless when asked a simple question regarding the Monarch butterfly costume that they were wearing!! And, we want to take on those mighty coroprations when we are not ready to put some efforts in understanding the issues and are unable to explain them to others. Yes, we are all not perfect, and we all came to the conference and rally to learn, but we all need to put in more work into learning about the issues and keep up with the latest. In his speech, Ralph Nader mentioned that you are all epicenters of knowledge, and go back and spread what you learned, to create more epicenters and start a tidal wave of knowledge. I wonder how many of us were listening.
I am from India and have been involved in environmental and social activism here in US to some extent, but in my 5 years here, I have witnessed a phenomenon that many young folks engage in activism just for the sake of it, for the thrill, moving on from one issue to the other, whichever happens to be the newest and "coolest", sporting t-shirts and bumper stickers screaming about a "cause". I am aware that there are many other activists who have dedicated their lives and are working long term, but I wonder how strong the movement would be if this (wasted) potential was realized and everyone was serious.
Neverthless, it was a great rally, and walking in the streets was inspiring and empowering. Hope we can strengthen the wave that was started yesterday and make it last till the biotech companies give up their insidious plans.
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