Posted in Sustainability

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.

 

Posted in Sustainability

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

Posted in Endangered Animals

Rhino Poem for World Poetry Day

Rhinoceros means ‘nose horn’, and these massive animals are one of the largest species  in the world. There are only around 29,000 rhinos left in the wild, compared to 500,000 at the beginning of the 20th century. Some species are critically endangered. They have no natural enemies but us – the main threat to them is illegal hunting. Their horns are worth a lot of money, weight for weight more than gold, because they can be sold at a very high price to make ‘medicine’, which will never work. Rhino horn is made of a substance similar to finger nails.

Here is my rhino poem:

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Rhino

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Who am I,
in the dust
dripping blood,
built like stone
from elephant grass,
and cooled by mud?

Who am I,
dripping blood
down my chin,
shot through my
shields of
mosaic skin?

Who am I,
dripping blood,
face hacked and sawn?
Who am I,
who am I,
without my horn?

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© Liz Brownlee

 

Image by Todd on Flikr by CC license.

 

Posted in Sustainability

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.