My Note: April is Earth Day Month, or as I call it, Earth DayEvery Day and is also National Poetry Month. And today is actually Earth Day. This poem by “elder-statesman/poet,” Harvey Davis, the very senior member of our Creative Writing group, penned this poem for class that is at the core of Earth Day and the future of our home.
Save forOur Children
by Harvey Davis
Is there any place on this earth that is not affected by climate change? The way that we have treated this world should be to our shame. We say that we love our children dearly and will do anything for them. Butregardingclimate change our actions and our words do not blend.
We want our children to have proper nourishment but disregard the land. Sensitivity to the needs of the land and good food go hand–in–hand. We poison our water and then wonder why we are malnourished and sick. Can good results ever come out of bad planning? Do you know that trick?
Let’s go to the year of 2021 and see what we can profit from and learn. Each generationhas the chance to contribute and change; now it is our turn. Travel to the far–off land of Australia in January; do you remember the bush fire? More than 18 million hectares destroyedandmore than 400 died, no one’s desire.
It was right here at home thathurricanes caused more than $60 billion in damage. People were quick to complain about the high costs;complaining was the rage. We had the chance to change ourways andmakecorrective action. Unfortunately, help was nowhere to be found and good rules created no traction.
There were disasters inAustralia,theUS,andcountlessplacesin between. Devastating floods in Indonesia;the rain would not stop coming,it would seem. Cyclones in India and Bangladesh created havoc,leaving trails of destruction. Again, people died; do you think these catastrophes provided any instruction?
Showers not only in Australia but India, Japan,and China for months, not days. Europe did not escape from windstorms, that cost millions in trade. Wind and rain in manyparts of the world caused billions in damage to repair. Why is it that we count only when the damage is done? Is it we just don’t care?
We can see the climate disasters any,and everywhere in theworld we live, Butwe appear to just ignore what is happening ––to change what would you give? Would you prefer to be continually surprised by what mother nature can do Or will you join with other forward–thinking people and good science pursue?
Is it coincidence thattherelatively few people who make money onour presentpath Control the way we treat climate change,convenientlyignoring the true math? What kind of world are we savingforour children? We need to come up with a plan Thatwill protect ourchildrenfrom the disasters sweeping across theland.
Celebrate EarthDay by honoring Mother Earth in some way: Recycle/Compost, Have a Meatless Earth Day meal, write a poem about Earth Day, meditate on Mother Earth, Plant a Tree…..