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Adrian Stocking –Uxbridge, Ontario –#Climatestrikeweek

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Adrian Stocking

September 22, 2019. Adrian is tall. This is a good thing because the Willo' Wind Farm tables, here at the Uxbridge  Farmer's Market, were drifting with produce. Can you imagine such a thing? Close your eyes. Now think of salad in drift form. Impressive, right? Surreal, almost. I was able to see Adrian behind the kale and cabbage, and he didn't hesitate to answer my questions for even a second. He is a thoughtful, wise fellow and deeply connected to our planet

Are you in love?

"Ah, yeah, sure–yeah. Yeah, I mean mainly I’m in love with my family, my wife, my kids, my extended family, my parents, my siblings–the land. My community. Got a lotta love!”

Who has been the most influential person in your life?

“Hmm. That’s a hard one. I’m never good with the one influential…I feel like I’ve had a lot of different influences from different areas. Oh, to put a finger on it, or–yeah, ‘many.’ I would say, ‘the environment’ if I could narrow it…take it out of the context of an individual person. The environment has been one of the biggest influences and teachers to me–in listening to it and observing it–it has a lot to offer if you pay attention, right?”

How do you feel about the future?

"Both optimistic and terrified at the same time. Uh, I feel like we’re really at a crossroads, and we have two paths to go down, and one option is definitely better than the other. You know there’s going to be a lot of differences there, but yeah. I feel like we’re…we can’t ignore the climate crisis that’s coming, or that’s here already and is only going to get worse. So we can either choose to continue down the one path of ignoring that, and continuing on with the greed-based…or not paying attention to what the environment’s telling us, or we can wake up and pay attention–make the hard choices now, go through a little bit of difficulty now so we actually have something down the road. Yeah, terrified and optimistic. Very hopeful, but very terrified.”

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