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Annces Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:23 PM
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Planetary Capacity - a poem by Capt Paul Watson


The capacity of the planet to absorb our contempt is immense,
For everything we do to nature is contrary to common sense.
Diminishment is the current state of our global ecology,
And yet from so very few is there any indication of an apology.

Faced with threats of self destruction we choose to ignore,
Escaping into realms of fantasy, we stare at truth, and then close the door.
The trees are falling as the animals disappear,
Coral reefs vanish without fear or tear.

Destruction shielded by apathy, fueled by greed,
The planet is a trough from which we feed.
We need to raise awareness, the critics bleat, and screech,
The sheep must be taught as eco-gurus speak.

Saving the Earth is now the new economic enterprise,
Optimism is nurtured with stunts and lies.
Join this group or that group and celebrate Earth Day,
Petitions and meetings are the acceptable way.

Dont rock the boat or upset the apple cart,
We can save the planet through music and art.
Selling carbon credits to a gullible public,
Building a new oiliocratic republic.

Eco-groups market the latest green fad,
Activism tends to make them quite mad.
David Brower is turning in his grave,
Now that Adam Werbach has Wal-Mart to save.

From Greenpeace founder to corporate whore,
Green now has a new meaning for Patrick Moore.
Not to worry according to Al Gore,
Who has now become a carbon trading whore.

Too little, too late, is the epitaph of humanity,
Verity once again defers to human vanity.
Corporations finance and control the University,
With programs that diminish diversity

In defense of oil wells we can kill, destroy and maim,
But sit in a tree and terrorist will be your name.
Save a whale and go to jail.
Kill a whale and be free to sail.

Big game hunters kill without remorse,
We have laws that we cannot enforce.
Human populations out of control,
Excessive consumption takes its daily toll.

Diversity is the key to survival,
We need a new ecological revival.
Interdependence must be the rule,
Or will humanity choose to play the fool?

We forget that carrying capacity is finite,
How much will we destroy before we see the light?

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imdjh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 12:34 PM
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1. not bad as poetry goes
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onestepforward Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 01:08 PM
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2. Beautiful poem. Thank you for posting it. n/t
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