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Perspective: Now Is Our Moment To Act

Dan Kenney

We are entering a dramatic period of renewal. These coming post-pandemic months provide us with an opportunity for challenging ourselves to solve longstanding problems.

Disasters have a way of acting as magnifiers. COVID shocked us into thinking differently and into deeper awareness of our global interconnectedness. This has opened eyes to deep longstanding racial inequalities, seriousness of climate change, and failing food systems.

History has taught us our societies can move fast and make big dramatic change during moments of great depression or war. During such times of national emergencies, we have seen our government's ability to quickly marshal trillions of dollars.

Now is our time to act. We need to connect the dots between economic, racial and gender injustices. We need to draw the connection between the gig and dig economies, both which carelessly extract wealth from humans and earth without regard for humanity or nature.

As a society, we have been through a period of hermitage-like reflection and reevaluation of what is of true importance in our lives, realizing what matters most is our connection to one another, and our shared vulnerable humanity. Moments like this in history are rare. Ideas that once seemed impossible now suddenly seem possible. It is up to us to embrace this singular moment, and act in a way that brings about permanent change toward justice for all.

I'm Dan Kenney, and this has been my Perspective.

Dan Kenney is a retired elementary school teacher and the founder of DeKalb County Community Gardens. He's also a published poet and writer.