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….