there is no over there
there once was a time when the world seemed vast and it's riches endless. we thought we could get rid of a nasty problem by putting it on a boat and sending it far, far away. when we could no longer see it we were satisfied that it was gone. this is no longer the case. radical developments in global communications and travel means that now, nothing is actually 'very far' and there is nowhere at all that we could really call 'away.'
we're starting to understand that this planet is a closed system and whatever we do affects this whole. we're well and truly in this together. we're one. no-one and no-place is separate from the whole system. in a sense we are, like it or not, all part of a single organism: planet earth.
as we start to understand the interdependence of all earth systems and processes we also need to develop awareness of the reality in which all people are living.
is it really worth denying the people who sew your clothes a living wage in order that we get a t-shirts for a few dollars cheaper?
is it really worth polluting waterways that communities depend upon for food production in order to cut the cost of manufacturing by a few cents per garment?
we think not. and we want to ask the question: "who really profits from this?"