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What is Sustainable?

A tree is sustainable. We need to plant three BILLION by 2050 in the UK alone to combat Climate Crisis. Almost every area will have people who can help you plant trees, a tree for you to plant and an area to plant it in – but planting is only the first step. Trees have to be nurtured like any other plant, and watered and fed and checked on until the are old enough to survive alone. Trees are wonderful things – so here’s a poem about one!

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A Tree

 

A small tree seed falls in the soil

bursts open, swells, a shoot uncoils

 

its journey to the sky begun

a leaf unfurls, turns in the sun

 

to gratify its appetite

it eats earth’s food, drinks rain and light

 

shapes skin of bark, and wood as bone,

green clothes of leaves, and when it’s grown

 

then it gives back; it starts to bear

nut, blossom, fruit, its breath cleans air

 

its branches are a music hall

and home for souls that creep and crawl

 

a swing for squirrel acrobats

a perch for birds, a roost for bats

 

its life, green loveliness from birth

its death gifts goodness back to earth

 

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© Liz Brownlee

 

See if you can find a way to plant a tree, or several trees. The Woodland Trust is a good place to start asking.

Beautiful tree image by Marvin Foushee on Flikr, by CC license.

 

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Earthtalk by Shauna Darling Robertson

Thank you to Shauna, who has sent a fabulous Climate Change Poem:

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Earthtalk

 

The sea has a story to tell us,

……….if only we’d wait on the beach

and I wish we’d just sit here and listen

……….to all that the wind has to teach

and the earth will share mountains of wisdom

……….as soon as we grasp more than speech.

 

The trees gently whisper their secrets

………and offer up knowledge for free

and the birds chatter openly to us:

         whatever seems locked, there’s a key.

The whole world, it talks to us daily –

………can’t anyone hear it but me?

 

© Shauna Darling Robertson

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Petition to get Washing Machines Fitted with Microplastic Filters

Fleece is everywhere. We all wear it, even my dog wears one. And has blankets made of it.

 

BUT studies have shown that each time one fleece is washed 700,000 fibres made of microplastic are shed into the water. Fish (and whales and dolphins and other sea creatures) eat them, mistaking them for food and we eat the fish – so end up eating plastic. Any plastic clothing (nylon, acrylic, polyester etc.) sheds plastic into the water in each wash. One way to help stop this is to only buy clothes made of natural fibres, which will eventually decompose, wool jumpers for instance. But natural fibres can be more expensive, and involve unfair labour practises.

 

This is a petition to the Gvt. in the UK to ask for filters to be fitted in washing machines. Sign it if you live in the UK and agree! Petition to Get filters fitted in washing machines.

 

Another way to help is to put all fleeces into a bag before washing.

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Three Goodbyes? By Roger Stevens

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Three Goodbyes?

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1

I am moving very, very slowly
Down the valleys of my mother’s face
And when I’ve exhausted
My salt-less tears
The world will be
A very different place

 

2

I am hot and humid
I smell of life, and of decay
I sing a million songs
I dance, I play
A thousand different children
call me home
I’m getting smaller every day

 

3

I am the fastest on the land
But where I live, the living’s tough
You may think that I
can circumvent the truth
But the truth is
I’m not fast enough

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© Roger Stevens

 

A glacier is a huge accumulation of compacted snow, found near the poles or on a mountainside, where it flows very slowly towards the sea. Most of the world’s glaciers are melting and shrinking as our climate warms up, which is causing sea levels to rise and affects the weather. 2. Rainforests produce oxygen, medicines and are home to more than half the world’s animal species. Organisations such as The Forest Alliance are working hard to save and repair them.  3. Cheetahs, like many animals, are in danger of extinction.

Image of the Franz Josef Glacier © Edwin Lee, by CC license.