The future calls

We must wake, as bears deep in dank caves
rise from hibernation into the light

Swap our screens constant siren call
for the green that cools, shelters and provides

Emerge from a long winter of the soul
where we have craved instant dopamine rewards

Examine the wounds of inequity
speak with true respect, act compassionately

Rewild ourselves along with the land
reject small shuffling lives

Find wonder and delight in our world
Unleash our true creativity, make and think

Put time, hearts, money into the future
before she burns away


Plant our imaginations in the Earth
root our fancies in science

Consider the dance of twisting chemical bonds
how seasalt makes clouds reflect heat into Space

We can grow featherweight turbine blades
using CO2 captured from the air

Make wearable solar panels
nurture plants, insects, animals

Create wonders and delight
to cool a warming world

Copyright © 2022 Kim Whysall-Hammond

This poem has been written in response to this weeks prompt over at Earthweal.

As part of the COP26 Conference in Glasgow last year, Ingrid applied to host a Community Assembly on the climate and ecological crisis – as part of the overall Global Assembly.

The aim of the Global Assembly is to support citizens from around the world to learn about and discuss the climate and ecological crisis and to provide guiding principles for climate action to world leaders.

We are all invited to contribute. So come join us!

The question we have been asked to deliberate by the Global Assembly is this:  “How can humanity address the climate and ecological crisis in a fair and effective way?”

This poem is my small answer….

Please join in! Post a response to Ingrid’s question on your blog and put the link up at Mr Linky . More details over at Earthweal.

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23 thoughts on “The future calls

  1. I love that your poem has some positive and completely doable solutions. I am afraid I took a more negative spin as I get so FRUSTRATED. LOL. It is always lovely to read the positives. The world is so freaking beautiful. We need to treat it with respect and reverence.

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  2. You’re right, we can do all these things, the technical aspect of saving ourselves at least. And what gives me hope (the only one) is that as soon as someone discovers how to make real big money out of creating our salvation, they’ll do it. No financial gain, no salvation.

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  3. We “small shuffling lives” will have to make a huge effort to grow. Your poem lays it out. And if one half of the population doesn’t see the need, we must figure out how to proceed somehow.

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