One of my favorite characteristics of Action Researchers is that we consider different ways of knowing. As P. Reasons states so well, “research practitioners to take into account many different forms of knowing— knowledge of our purposes as well of our ideas, knowledge that is based in intuition as well as the senses, knowledge expressed in aesthetic form such as story, poetry and visual arts as well as propositional language, and practical knowledge expressed in skill and competence (2001)*.
It is with love for the spoken word and performance based poetry that I lauch into this entry on Action Research and the Environment. Today, I will weave words and pay homage to those scholars and activist who have paved the way. I dedicate this creation to them.
Blue-Green-Ball of Creation
Vandana Shiva explains, “The web of food, is the web of life.” William J. Brown paraphrases William S. Burroughs, “People don’t realize the planet is our life boat.” Given the works of Rachel Carson, E.O. Wilson, Barry Commoner, and Jane Goodall why do we persist and push this Promethean promise of progress? Stand on the shoulders of Buckminster Fuller and wrap your head around:
This is a dream for the day we grasp the interconnectivity of the biosphere and realize that it is our ecosphere*
This is a shout-out to my culture: stop planet plundering for profit!
This is a prayer for people subjected to our modernized poverty,
To the social majorities of India, China, and Africa…
To the individuals of the corporations who “dump” grain and rice,
To the Dow Jones, S&P, and members of NYSE,
To the believers in the green revolutions,
And the bio-technology solutions...
This is a plead to terminate the terminator seed,
Lets refrain from further proliferating pesticides in the chains of life,
Can we please cease this crazy toxification?
Meditate for a moment on a systems paradigm revelation,
We need a humble realization,
We are all here together on this blue-green-ball of creation.
1. Reason, P. (2001). Learning and Change through action research. In J. Henry (Ed.), Creative Management.
2. bio (life) = eco (home)
3. As a member of our culture I am an automobile user, an eater of industrial foods, and a product of our promethean way of thinking. I am not exempt from these words. It is from this point that I seek alternatives.