On this Hallowed Eve, I mourn. The world is burning and that is no longer news. Waiting and watching, we’ve given up hope. Of course we’ll say some are more at fault than others. The one with gasoline and the matchstick who started the fire in Indonesia perhaps. Maybe the one who paid this person? Perhaps the industrial farmers behind that money.
Remember why Indonesia is burning though. Remember why 500,000 people are choking on ignited peat and rainforest. Remember that the fires have been started to clear land for monoculture oil palm plantations. Remember all those goods we consume that use palm oil. It’s easy. Almost everything uses it now,apart from locally produced goods. (These include most processed food, cosmetics and toiletries, fyi) Didn’t you know we are all complicit in this ongoing ecocide?
This is why I mourn. This is why I know no one but the people on the ground in Borneo will throw literal and figurative buckets of water on that fire. We will watch because we don’t see the alternatives any more. It’s too difficult to transition. I mean what the hell do we brush our teeth with instead of Colgate? What will we wash ourselves with if not with Ponds and Pears? What do we eat instead of Mars and Kit Kat? No. It’s not that we’re all people who want to watch the world go up in flames. It’s just that we don’t know how to stop adding fuel to it.