Wow, what a time we find ourselves in. Now more than ever it is feeling like the world is in crisis. From recent flooding, to war, to the pandemic and just the general effects of global warming and climate change. It feels like we are reaching a tipping point.
But in the grips of all these crises we’re repeatedly seeing the power of community and how the support and generosity of everyday people to their fellow humans is what is making a difference.
Don’t get me wrong, we need governments to create change on a large scale, but it is at the community level that the most immediate effects are being felt.
In the recent floods, it wasn’t the governments and emergency services that made the biggest impact on saving those stranded on rooftops, it was individuals with boats who went and out and tirelessly saved people one by one from rising floodwater, often with only minutes to spare.
As we mention in our Harvest High feature on page 64, in Brisbane it was a local backyard grower who was able to add fresh produce to shelves of her local corner store after flooding caused her suburb to become cut off as an island. In Europe, it was the Polish families taking in the Ukranian refugees and providing them with shelter, when they arrived lost and with nothing.