“What will we say to the Ugandan mother who walks the lenght of her life in days, cutting and collecting possibilies, pockets long made empty with seasons of the familiar drought, her load of survival and hope carried like generations upon her head to build, feed and grown tomorrow on her own? What will we say to her when she’s the last and least to be informed and will have to take out another loan, one she cannot afford?”
“What will we say to our children about the JPMorgan Chase banker in his high rise office in Chicago, with the highest carbon footprint of us all, but he will not be the first to fall?”
“What will we say to the Xhosa as the Kalahari sands begin to shift beneath their feet?
“There are the overarching narratives, and when there are the people just trying to live their lives within them.”
Delivering her words with powerful pace and intonation, she concluded by urging all of us to “ask the difficult questions. Ask them again and again until we too are made vulnerable with our own longing to change.”