Think before you buy
I have no right to stand here and tell on you
for ruining Earth every day,
because I do too.
We’re all guilty of this crime,
all the time. You think
your metal straw is good,
but I feel like you’ve misunderstood
where that straw came from. That ‘eco-friendly’
metallic shine comes from a nickel mine,
400 hectares of land in Palawan alone
was turned into barren wastelands
for its extraction and production.
This once lush island of the Philippines
is a map of destruction
Just sourcing your pretty little straw
causes massive land and water pollution
This isn’t a helpful solution
but don’t get me wrong, it makes a contribution
since metal is far better than plastic
but it’s not quite so fantastic
as everyone makes it out to be.
The real problem isn’t that people are failing to see,
they’re failing to change
to routines that are new and maybe
a little strange,
like simple beeswax wrap,
which leaves no plastic scrap
a tiny change to our daily lives
somehow seems more terrifying than the end
of planet Earth.
Do we even realise what the world is worth?
From the way we treat it, anyone would think
we hate this place. But it’s not just me
who doesn’t want a fate
in space. Earth isn’t
something we can just replace.
The human race is staring in the face
the idea that if we don’t persevere,
we won’t be able to live here,
and we seem to not care.
We just keep consuming
always assuming that there’ll be someone else
to stand up, tell us our world is dying while
we keep buying. Does it not even matter?
We’re climbing a ladder
and the higher we get, the bigger
the drop, but we still want to reach the top,
even though we know
we should stop. Stop
buying, denying there’s a problem –
extinction was always a word for other species,
but if we keep chopping down trees,
poisoning our seas,
polluting the breeze,
stealing from the bees,
we could be the extinct ones.
And if that time comes, there’d be no one
to classify our status, no one to rate us,
because we’d all be gone. So
next time you’re tempted to buy something,
consider how soon you’ll be dumping that thing,
because every scrap of plastic counts.
It all mounts to a big pile, stretches on for miles, and it’s
just depressing. This issue
is pressing, but we’re not addressing,
not confessing to our mistakes.
These stakes are high. So next time,
think before you buy.