Nimbyism is a great thing isn’t it? Here in dear old middle England we positively excel at it:
“We’re drowning in rubbish, we need a new landfill site…”
“WHAT?! Not in my back yard…!!”
“There’s a housing crisis, we’re looking for brown field sites to develop…”
“Hey?! Well, yes everyone needs a roof, but don’t go spoiling our lovely country view…”
“We’re building a new detention centre to temporarily house asylum seekers…”
“HELL NO!! Absolutely not, don’t even think about it!!!!”
It’s habitual isn’t it? And ok we’re knee-deep in the ConDemNation so there’s not likely to be many development projects getting off the ground anyway, but I don’t hear about many pressures groups pushing for HMP to build on the wasteland next to their village or a refugee camp to be set-up behind the rec.
We have access to the interwebs now. Our screens provide a window to the world – our world. We can read every day about atrocities and injustices and, as we lock our doors of a night, setting our alarms and protecting ourselves against the threat of perceived harm, we weaken ourselves against the bigger threat of apathy.
I took this picture on Sunday August 29th, an inauspicious day in many ways, but as I looked to the periphery of my own back yard my eye travelled further off towards the horizon. Where does our ethical back yard end? We all know that it’s possible to be as moved by events occurring in our immediate vicinity as those across the globe. We are all united by our humanity and dispersed by geography and fear. Will we ever take the focus from ourselves for long enough to start making changes?
Will we ever hear the phrase ‘Not in my back yard’ and know that it has a positive meaning; a global reach? Is it possible to acknowledge that as a community we hold the power to prevent pain, fear, poverty and abuse, and to put this power to good use?
August 29th was chosen by Tara as the theme for this week’s gallery. She wanted to mark the day that a group of bloggers travelled to Bangladesh to do something positive to bring about change. You can read about them here.
My friend Garry had a similar take on this theme – I like his style…