Dear friends, dear fellow humans,
This is a letter to ask for your support. This letter reaches you in times of crisis.
The global pandemic that is COVID-19 has forced everyone in our society to (finally) acknowledge some deep truths. Among them is the fact that the globalised market economies we have built are not just bringing prosperity to many people but also make us very vulnerable. You and me, we have always been vulnerable. Human beings, have always been vulnerable. Never before, however, have we been so vulnerable as a whole species as we are today. Never before did we have to contemplate the possibility of our species’ demise. Never before had human beings built civilisations that are so closely connected across the whole globe that it would be possible for the evolution of a virus in China to force people all over the globe to stay in their houses for (probably) months on end.
We, humans, are responsible for having created such vulnerability.
We are writing this from our homes, in lock down, with vulnerable family members in our midst. We are also writing this because we see what can be done about our vulnerability. We are writing this to share with you how you can join us on the journey of creating more resilience for ourselves, our communities, our species.
This pandemic allows us to experience first hand the extreme events that are possible in the globalised society and ecosystem we live in. Let’s not waste this experience. Let’s learn from this and create more thriving and resilient communities for ourselves and others. Let’s focus our efforts on the things that really matter in life; food, shelter, health, fulfilling relationships, and the thriving of our natural life support systems.
Kent Food Hubs is on that journey. Committed to this before COVID-19 was a thing. Emerging at the very right time to offer people ways of connecting with their local communities and their local life support systems. The global food system is in a horrendous state. Our global ecosystems are in a horrendous state. This is not the time to elaborate why that is the case; we have moved beyond that. The time of having to defend such statements is over.
NOW is the time to get real about regeneration of our social, environmental and political wellbeing. We ask you to join us, we ask you to support us, we ask you to do what you can in your life to shift our families, communities, and societies. Let’s turn into the direction of more resilience. Let’s make our food supplies in Kent secure. Let’s do this in a way that regenerates the soil we depend on for our food. Let’s do this in a way that cleans the waters we need to drink. Let’s do so in a way that enables other species to flourish alongside us. Let’s do so in a way that allows all in our society to feed themselves in nourishing and sustainable ways.
Let’s do so in ways that contribute to the common good! If not now, what else do we need to make that shift?
- Please sign up as a member with Kent Food Hubs to support our work.
- Please donate to our community interest company so we can scale up our efforts to address the multiple crises we face.
- Please get in touch and ask for how you can help make a difference by working alongside us.
Thank you for being with us on this journey.
Your Kent Food Hubs Team
P.S.: This tiny online course about resilience might be a great place to start getting into the issues Kent Food Hubs is trying to address.
P.P.S.: Due to COVID-19 we are required to grow much faster than anticipated (so are all the producers and suppliers that provide products through our marketplaces). We are struggling to keep up. We know that things are not going to go perfectly. Please be assured that this is because the demand is overwhelming at such early stages in the life of our community interest company. At the moment we have volunteers stepping in to do incredible hours of contributions. We are hoping that this early growth is followed by a long period of sustainable flourishing where we build strong foundations for people in Kent experiencing much greater food security. So that in future, Kent can cope much better with the crises that are surely lying ahead.