Poetry – Denial


Five million creatures fried

                As the fires of global warming

                                Shroud the globe in smoke.

Australia, Indonesia and California burn,

                As humanity never seems to learn.

And the ecology of the world lies broke.

Floods, storms and droughts,

                                In the extreme,

                Stalk the world.

Glaciers melt,

                Corals bleach

                                As the tragedy unfurled.

Despite the palls of smoke

                Filling the sky

There are still those

                Who will deny.

Opher – 2.1.2020

They estimate that five hundred million creatures have already been burnt to death in the terrible fires sweeping through Australia.

Three years of severe drought followed by a record high temperature has produced a catastrophe waiting to happen.

It has been replicated in Indonesia and California.

While hurricanes, typhoons and tropical storms batter countries, sea levels rise, desertification increases, seas warm, corals bleach and there is record rainfall and floods.

All predictably following the computer modelling.

Once again the hottest global temperature on record.

What were one in a century events are now happening every year.

I sit in Britain where we have flooded towns, fields that resemble lakes and a year’s rainfall falling in days.

Carbon Dioxide levels are at a record. The greenhouse effect is real. Yet there are those who still believe this is nothing to do with man, is just a natural cycle and deny any link.

They point to solar output.

Yet they is no increased solar activity. There is a greenhouse effect though.

Trump, Xi Jinping, Bolsonaro and Morrison just want to burn fossil fuel for short-term profit. They don’t give a damn about the future.

I wish a plague of fleas, leeches and horse-flies on all of them.

Surely, even if it were caused by solar effects, there are things we can do to rectify the situation. We could move to renewables and away from coal, oil and gas. We could plant trees. We could stop destroying forests and wetlands. These things would not do any harm and might solve the problem (however it was caused).

Let’s get the carbon dioxide out of the damn atmosphere, protect our wildlife, limit our numbers and start behaving responsibly!!!

2 thoughts on “Poetry – Denial

  1. Opher – The devastation of Earth and its inhabitants is deeply saddening. One wonders if we’ll ever commit to a green agenda. I guess, whilst political parties and politicians are lobbied by big-oil and big-gas, whilst profit remains the sole driving factor for capitalist enterprise and tin-pot dictators, the direction that human-beings travel in relation to sustainable living – living symbiotically with nature – will always lack an overarching vision. Health before wealth is an often repeated mantra.

    The world is spun on an axis of fool’s gold. The question is whether we take that mentality with us as we head off-world to colonise the stars. If we do, it’s highly likely we’ll destroy other worlds in pursuit of riches as well.

    Simply put, human-kind must find another way forward.


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