06 Dec Climate Justice: a Poem to Save Ourselves
The collapse of civilisation is on the horizon.
Long before the release of the IPCC report, did we know.
Yet the reality is a difficult pill to swallow, as the mixed reactions show…
Some pleading for people to make the personal changes possible.
Others urging the need to look beyond the bubble
And assumption that a reusable straw will save the world.
To make the polluter pay with a carbon tax
And take steps to halt the fossil fuel industry in its tracks.
Redirecting the $10m per minute(!!) governments spend on fossil fuel subsidies
To support the #renewablerevolution
All of these make sense. Except, to me, this is about so much more than climate change
It’s a chance for transformation.
To question our core beliefs
Looking beyond ideologies, economics and capitalism
Opening our eyes and embracing the opportunity
To live for something outside of our Selves/ egos.
That we suffer, by destroying mother Earth
In ways we may not see, at first.
This interconnected web of wonders
And ever changing impermanence
That will keep on giving until humanity’s extinction.
And beyond, the possibility of valuing ourselves as more than the material
Mass produced products; marketing manipulating our minds
A never ending affliction.
To look within, and ask what makes us truly happy
Instead of scrabbling after society’s expectations
And the approval of whom, exactly?
To realise the impact on ourselves as well others’ lives that touch ours
when we align with our values
And come together as a community.
The people right here, right now
Communities that can be empowered to fight plastic pollution
Just look at my two friends starting their own movements
Caring for the things we own
But not being owned by them.
Knowing their story
And seeing the creativity
in reusing, preserving, passing down and around
Opportunity in innovations that work with Nature
As the tribes under threat in Brazil have done since time begun.
I might sound like a crazy hippie
(At this point I couldn’t care less)
But I’ve been an ASOS addict, who succumbed to consumption to cover up my feelings, fill the darkness
To find… happiness? It made me depressed.
We need action. And to realise, with each one we choose which world we want to live in
It will have a direct impact, whether we see it or not
By supporting small social business
Choosing quality over quantity
Compassion over “convenience” (for whom?)
One day “ethical” i.e. actually paying a fair wage
And not polluting our precious planet will be the norm
Not the eco freak alternative.
Finding happiness in experiences
Instead of external distraction
Picking presence over presents
Realness, progress, not perfection
Opening up to true connection
And unconditional love
Drastic change is needed. But what if saving that single straw from a turtle’s nose
Step by step, by investing in humanity on this interconnected planet
Putting our money where it matters
For the future, instead of profit above all and the life it shatters
Now we know the truth, what will we do?
Fight for a revolution that may bring us all more that we could imagine?
I’m willing to try. Are you?
* above: every time I pull from the Tarot deck I question how it can be so correct…