The word insurgents has been used to describe activists who don’t want to live in a gasfield. Despite the word being given terrorist connotations by the military, the Oxford dictionary defines it as ‘rising in active revolt; a rebel, a revolutionary’.
One of the greatest insurgents, Nelson Mandela, passed away this week. What a wonderful inspiration he was to all who deplore injustice. Another brilliant insurgent visiting the shire this week, Vandana Shiva, told festival-goers of noble women in India protecting trees who said, ‘You will have to kill us before you kill the trees’. She spoke of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently being negotiated with USA which would see the world’s dominant five corporations having more control of our seeds, the pushing of GMO crops into a world that is mostly GMO-free, and the corporations having the right to sue governments in invester-to-state suits.
Furthermore, with Gina Rinehart rumoured to be negotiating for PEL445 gas licence over much of the north coast, the Metgasco plans to drill near Lismore is the foothold for the rape that must not happen. As Vandana Shiva said, we will need to ‘defend life on earth with all our passion, all our love and all our care’.
Deborah Lilly, Mullumbimby