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Monday, 25 February 2019

POEMS FOR THE PLANET - What can I do? (One and a half degrees)

What can I do? (One and a half degrees)

Throwing away a plastic carton
On a train, not taking it home to wash
And recycle;
It's grubby and will get over my bag,
Like the paper coffee cup
I took home once and decided
That was not a good idea.

When I click the order button
On the online clothing forum
I try not to think of the person who made it;
In a factory in China
Where workers sleep on the premises
Or in India, where factory effluent
Seeps into the rivers,
After seeing the gallons of water
Used to make cotton
I don't want to buy it-do I check all my labels.

I can't as a rule, afford organic;
I've discovered the market
For seasonal veg-
Who needs strawberries in January?
We aren't driving, anymore
Our flying footprint is very low
Is it enough?

Making steps forwards and backwards,
Perhaps better than just backwards-
Big, guzzling consumers devouring the planet;
Climate change deniers
During the big freeze Trump asked for global warming-
He has it now, for the next ten years;
Warmer temps shifting up the
Thermometer pole
To be aware
Is not much to ask.

© Amanda Derry

Climate change: World heading for warmest decade, says Met Office

Amanda joined a Creative Writing class, following a breakdown, which played a significant role in her recovery. She now embeds literacy skills into classes that she teaches.

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