Interview by William Defebaugh

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

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William Defebaugh

What does the word “natural” mean to you?

Yoko Ono

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

This article appears in Volume 01: Neo-Natural of Atmos.

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