Margaret Jones visits the Greenpeace dairy at fieldaysMargaret Jones is almost 90 but nothing is slowing down her personal crusade to make the world a better place. She’s been coming to the fieldays for 17 years promoting organic farming.
Before helping out as an organic ambassador for the Soil and Health Association on day two, she called in to say hello to the Greenpeace team at the Tried and True dairy - our exhibit at the fieldays. As this is the first time we’ve participated she was very excited to see us. “And you should be here, dear,” she told me with a sprightly smile. “The fieldays are where it’s at, it’s a great place to get your message out,” she said holding up a sign saying “Don’t Panic Go Organic.”
Margaret has been a supporter since Greenpeace started in New Zealand (1974). “I joined up because you just don’t talk, you do the deeds,” she said.
Right now she says the state of the worlds environment is “pretty grim and it’s urgent we do something.”
While many people Margaret’s age may think they’ve done their bit to make the world a better place she’s not resting.
“Before I die I want to see New Zealand completely organic.”
Cartoonist Malcolm Evans at work on a caricature at the Greenpeace Dairy
At the same time she also concedes it may take longer, but like all of us here, she says change needs to be happening now.
“If we don’t think about changing the way we are doing things the world won’t be here in 50 years – we’re doing terrible damage to the planet and ourselves.”
Margaret’s pro-active stance and enthusiasm was an inspirational start to the day. Despite bad weather yesterday hundreds of people called in to see us. Right now the sun is shining and we’re expecting it to be far busier with visitors checking out our dairy and finding out what we’re about.