David Levy – The challenges of change – Jul 14

Happy holidays wherever you are for the month of July.

It is a month for change. Our Co-ordinator is moving house, and he does this as we launch our new entity — Marinet as a not-for profit membership-based limited company independent from Friends of the Earth.

Deborah Wright has her research work Conserving The Great Blue : overturning the dominant paradigm of the oceans referred to in a published article in the ENDS Magazine July 2014. Her work in my opinion is the most thought provoking article of the decade, ranking alongside Charles Clover’s The End of the Line in terms of understanding marine management solutions.

Marinet is seeking support for its planned and forward thinking actions. Finding funding is the most difficult part of being independent. Ask all the other NGOs who are trapped by taking money from charities or from Government grants.

So I am reminding all of you, the question of our funding is not a matter for just one person. It is for all of us to focus on. I am happy to listen to your ideas and suggestions, and I’ll then explore and co-ordinate our efforts.

You voted for independence and now for the consequences. It’s frightening and a little scary, but exhilarating in the same breath. So enjoy your break fellow members, the work starts very soon.

Wind of Change, Marinet July 18th 2014.

A poem by David Levy.

The wind changed in the limbs
Of the trees. Slowly shifting leaves,
Making alert birds as if
A passing bird of prey weaves
In and out of the branches, seeking.

Was there, wasn’t there or was it
Something else? The vespas move
Onwards, upwards, sideways, immune
To effects on minions prove –
And I below the trunk lie sleeping.


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