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CLIMATE AND CULTURE

I Love You, Earth

In her 2018 song of this name, Yoko Ono describes the planet as being at a “turning point in eternity.” With recent reports making the threat of our changing climate more imminent and dire than ever, nothing could be closer to the truth. Here, the legendary artist and activist reminds us what we can learn from our environment.

Interview by William Defebaugh

William: What does the word “natural” mean to you?
Yoko: Us.

William: How do you see humans and nature coexisting in the future?
Yoko: We are already coexisting. We just don’t think so.

William: What can nature teach us about violence and peace?
Yoko: Peace is power. War and violence bring poverty.

William: Is there such a thing as too much progress?
Yoko: Progress? We are incredibly instinctive people, so we will change with a speed that we can’t think about now.

William: Did we come into this world or come out of it?
Yoko: We are here, and we can make it better and better.


PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY GETTY IMAGES

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