Today I heard an interview with a woman, who I will strive to mimic from this day forward. Nicole Barlow has taken on petrochemical giant Sasol, property developers Petro Props and the lazy, lumbering, bureacratic fossil that we know as local government in South Africa.
These blik$#@s are building a petrol station on a wetland. Nicole is taking them on and they have made her life hell ever since. Read more about her ongoing struggle here.
Go Nicole, GO!
My other tribute, believe it or not, goes to a member of the mainstream media. Radio presenter Jenny Crwys-Williams dares to interview people like Nicole Barlow, who, let's face it, is dangerous to the powers that be. Read more about Jenny here.
One of my favourite authors Derrick Jensen wrote about how it's okay for richer, more powerful people to threaten and coerce poor and disempowered people. They get away with it, because they have money for lawyers and money to bribe people with. But woe betide those lower on the social scale who dare to take on the rich and powerful. They will be hung, drawn and quartered.
"Civilization is based on a clearly defined and widely accepted yet often unarticulated hierarchy. Violence done by those lower on the hierarchy to those higher is unthinkable, and when it does occur is regarded with shock, horror, and the fetishization of the victims. Violence done by those higher on the hierarchy to those lower is nearly always transparent, that is, unnoticed. When it is noticed, it is fully rationalized." - Derrick Jensen
Unless they're Nicole Barlow of course. Or Rachel Carson. Or Jane Goodall. Or Irene van Lippe-Biesterfeld.