Contents: 25 July 2013
Summer Photos: Roger Morton
Wishes for a Prince: Joselyn Duffy Morton
Art Exhibition, Chateau Tinteillac
Muyinga, Burundi: Chrissie Mougne
Importing contaminated bees to UK: Graham White
Cover caption, Bastille Day
I have taken days to do this posting, mainly because there are so many necessary summer interruptions – take another cold shower, amble over to the neighbour’s for a swim, put some clothes on and visit lovely friends for an aperitif, admit there is no food in the house and drag my bone-lazy feet to the crowded supermarket (keep my dark glasses on for all of the above) attack the weeds with gusto, eat the first lettuce, admire Roger’s 2013 batch of plum jelly; become part of the team of End Ecocide in Europe.
The latter is important and one to which I shall be devoting a lot of time and energy. One million signatures have to be gathered by 1 January 2014 in order for the European Commission to proceed in considering making ecocide a crime, whereby CEOs can be held accountable and made to go to prison for their crimes against the earth.
And for all those sceptics who say ‘there’s no point, what difference could I make’, this will prove you wrong – this is a Citizens Initiative. The European Director is Prisca Metz, who I met in London in May and who has been patiently persuading me ever since. (The international Human Rights lawyer, Polly Higgins has been a driving force in bringing this concept into the world spotlight.) If you haven’t already signed, please do get behind this excellent proposal and add your signature.
Meanwhile enjoy the summer sunlight – we deserve it after that long miserable winter. I have been given the all-clear to begin playing table tennis again (and I will if the temperatures ever go below 30.)
Maybe ce soir, before the next whirl of social activity swarms our way.
Have fun in the sun, Joselyn Morton