Individual actions create ripples. Working together creates a wave.
I pop on the kettle for cup of tea to wake me up. You can take a gal out of England but you can’t take England out of a gal. As I switched on the laptop to start tweeting, I stop to watch the world go by. This country is beautiful.
That’s when it hits me just how exciting this trip is, both for me and for you guys. From the comfort of your own home you can get snippets of Coldplay, read my blogs and communicate with the whole world via Twitter and Facebook about what is happening with the food system in your country and what we can do globally to change it.
As I packed my stuff up again – the giant jigsaw that is my tour case – the bus rolls into Vancouver. Today was a day off after the amazing Calgary gig, so I wandered down to the harbour front and took in the sights of Harbour Green Park. Snapping away on the camera I found a quote by artist Jill Anholt,
“Individual actions create ripples. Working together creates a wave.”
This quote seems to sum up this whole tour and illustrate what the volunteers and myself are trying to do. It also made me understand why Coldplay would ask us to come on tour with them; to create a wave of change.
So what is it like to be on tour, I hear you ask? It’s like being on a rollercoaster which slows down in the morning to collect the tour team and equipment, speeds up to the next city, chugs up the hill to set up the stages in a new venue and then rushes down the high drop as the band comes on to perform, making the crowd scream with excitement. It is such fun meeting new people in every city and feeding off their energy for talking to people and joining the Oxfam movement.
For me this tour shows how much music and food issues unite people. So if you’re reading this and want to do more, start conversations near you. Go to your local Oxfam facebook page or tweet your concerns for the food system followed by #lovefoodhateinjustice. Then pop over to the GROW wall and see just how many people agree with you. Go on, people, let’s start a global wave!
If me or one of the volunteers took your picture at the Vancouver gig, find your face and leave a caption!