“Music for Commoner”(from Centrale Fies)
We must remember that the human inhabitants of the earth’s ecosphere are engulfed in a global epidemic of poverty, hunger and despair. The grim statistics can be summarized in a simple image. As the earth spins through space, a view from above the North Pole would encompass most of the wealth of the world–most of its food, productive machines, doctors, engineers and teachers. A view from the opposite pole would encompass most of the world’s poor. The planet is split by a chasm that separates the North from the South, the rich from the poor. This global chasm must be bridged. This is the rational, logical outcome of the environmental experience. If environmentalism is to be devoted to human welfare, there are reasons more powerful than the environmental ones. Simple morality dictates that the rich should share their productive capacity with the poor. And an even more compelling imperative is justice, for the poor half of the planet has been brought to that plight through the exploitation of its resources and its people by the imperial nations of the North. We, who are environmental advocates, must find a way–for the sake of the planet and the people who live on it–to join a historic mission to end poverty wherever it exists. That is what is yet to be done.