Che Gonzalez

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Che Gonzalez

Interview by:Jake Holtzman

"I wish people would be more consciousness about recycling and helping each other."

Q: How do you view sustainability?

A: I think Ive been living that lifestyle - thats what was taught to me. My parents, we had like 3 gardens. At that time, most people had their own gardens and their own food, fruit trees. Actually, I discovered a secret garden when I was little [laughs]. And there was a time when every relatives house that I went to, there was a fruit tree in the front yard - either apple, blackberry, or cherry. People went fishing and they would bring the fish back to the neighborhood and somebody paid for it. Also preserving the energy - keeping the lights off in the rooms. That did contribute to the community overall because it kept prices down. Im in favor of [sustainability]. I wish people would be more consciousness about recycling and helping each other. You know, I have a front porch...and I sit on my front porch, and I invite others to join me. Thats just it.

Q: Do you have any specific messages you would like to tell other community members about sustainable living and care for the environment?

A: We have to take action - we have to do something about it. People are just not informed. Were about survival. People are just trying to make ends meet. And somehow were not making the connection. It took me a long time to realize that less is best, and to let go of some things, so I could clear the way. But some people just cant let go because weve been taught that more is best. So theres sort of a reversal.

Q: How do you think that [reversal] could happen?

A:I think that it came to me. Have you heard the quote. Something likeYoure learning something and the teacher will come. I think educating the public is the most important part. Im going to have a meeting at my house, invite a few people over, so that someone can talk about the Oberlin Project, and explain sustainability. Usually when change occurs people think its going to cost them more in tax dollars. I was didnt understand what all the hoopla was about until I attended an Oberlin Project meeting; then I thought, Oh, okay this is gonna work for the whole village."

We come from the Earth and depend on it. We gotta have water, its gotta be clean, and we can contribute to that.

Q: Are there any words other than sustainability you personally think of when you think of connection with the Earth or being engaged in a vibrant community?

Its returning to Eden, going back to the old ways. Just consciousness of the Earth. We come from the Earth, depend on the Earth. We gotta have water, its gotta be clean, and we can contribute to that. And clean air. Just simplifying your life. There has been so much progress since I was born, and its for our convenience, so you have more time. So you can combine this modern progress, but just dont forget the past.

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