Wally: Of all the issues that people are working on, the most important issue is to show that corporate science and corporate technology are destroying nature and therefore, destroying our health. And we’re destroying our future generations, our DNA, so all future generations will have birth defects, so nothing else is more important, nothing should take precedence.
Michael Colby, at that time Executive Director of Food and Water remembers Wally. “Like most everything in his life, Wally didn’t hold back when he laughed. He had those deep, deep belly laughs that were contagious to everyone around…a laugh that signified fullness of living. What’s the point of activism if you’re not having fun? Indeed. And people often thought we were devastated by the attacks we were so often under. Hardly. We were laughing. We believed in what we were doing and we were determined to have one hell of a good time in the process.”
Anyone who knew Wally was in awe of his artistry with the telephone. He used it to provoke, to plot, to strategize, laugh, rant and expose corporate evil, while sitting in his living room slowly dying of cancer, the very disease he fought so hard to prevent from happening to anyone else.
Wally: So what we have to work on, all of us together, is to show where corporations, corporate science is destroying our very life, our ability to live, they’re destroying our Mother, they’re destroying our major support system and therefore, there will be no life, so why are we doing anything else? Cancer is a preventable disease, and in order to cure cancer you have to prevent it, in order to prevent it you have to stop the technology and science, as we know it today.
One of my favorite stories about Wally, and there are many, tells how he met with a prominent New Jersey senator regarding an environmental issue. The senator asked Wally how they could come to a compromise on the issue, and Wally asked him what kind of compromise, one where his children developed cancer or one where the senator’s children developed cancer? With his stand of “no compromise” Wally inspired many others to reach heights never thought imaginable. As he was well known to do, I will let Wally have the last word.
Wally: I feel terrible about the earth legacy I’m leaving to my children, but I’m hopeful that we can work to turn it around so that with each succeeding generation the planet becomes clean. I want to see a return of the birds, the butterflies, the trees, clean air, clean water, clean food. I want to see a return of a world that nourishes us and all other species. To achieve that vision, all of us must help.