“When citizens understand they have a voice …”

“I have experienced the changes that can happen in my own hometown when citizens understand they have a voice, and use it determinedly and collectively to improve the lot of their community.

“For generations, acts of selfless courage and commitment to the greater whole have moved societies forward towards racial integration, voting rights for women, and legal recognition of rights for our natural environment.

“When we shift our focus away from individual and material success, and begin to participate in the collective care of our communities, our lives become more meaningful and more potent.”

Sarah Harmer, musician, citizen

Extract 29 March from Global Chorus: 365 Voices on the Future of the Planet
edited by Todd E. MacLean ©2014