She’ll be right.
How far has that gotten us?
Loads of sprained wrists
and broken limbs.
But when we look at this Earth
after centuries of this careless philosophy
what have we done but broken
Earth Mother, Papatuanuku –
what have we done?
We have torn down and sucked dry
when this planet has done nothing but
and bewilder us.
We have let it come down to
and politician’s morals,
valuing money over natural wonders,
killing coral after coral.
It is an irrefutable fact that nature
is performing a disappearing act.
Some people are bright sparks
shining, in this dark future
of floods, erosion, expansion,
evasion of responsibility.
There is a chance that lies with those who can spot
the right from the wrong,
and a chance that we don’t deserve.
Time is the enemy
but we humans have conquered time before.
We have rescued whole species from extinction.
Can we reverse our crimes?
We created this mess, and we can reverse it.
Spiderman fans will know
with great power
comes with great responsibility
We have a choice
of ice cream flavours,
if you will. A flavour
of choking smoke
and animal corpses
or that of clean air, wild berries and a
We can succeed. It is possible.
The world can begin to thrive.
It is possible.
We find sharks and a plethora of other animals scary.
There is a phobia
for almost anything hairy.
This pales in comparison to the danger of air pollution –
some can see no resolution.
The billionaires need to see the scope.
and begin to reel in the rope
of fresh chances.
By 2027 climate change could be irreversible, non-reimbursable.
How do we feel anything
but defeat? There is always bad news
to make the hope bittersweet.
You might remember I mentioned politicians and their morals?
Let them quell their inane quarrels.
and unite to face a problem greater than any individual.
Together, we are quite formidable.
Together we can make a stand, and come out
of a deluded cloud-cuckoo land.
There is only one Earth,
only one chance,
a sense of optimism in the form of activism.
Surely you can lend a hand, save the Earth
from becoming a wasteland?
It will take a lot of effort,
it is a job we all need to undertake
before the damage we have done makes
the world shake.
Whatever you do just please don’t be
one of those people
who think they can get away scot-free.
Papatuanuku, Earth Mother
What have we done?
After centuries of this philosophy
What will we do?