Go and Plant a Tree

Plant a tree Go Barbados and plant A palm tree Turn the water off Drink booze Take a shower with Someone else Take a shower with Rhianna This is a poem written by a ‘non-expert’, as part of a research project which used poetry to develop dialogue around environmental change. The theme of this poem … Read more

Global Stress

The Earth has changed, Because of what us humans do. The Earth has changed; Our hearts and minds now left estranged. Not all of us are feeling blue, Just those who think of nature too. The Earth has changed. This is a Rondelet, inspired by recent research which has explored the psychological effects of climate … Read more

Sex Change

Besides the tranquil sea and sun-bleached sand, The turtles find a place to make their nest; Probing the rolling crescents of the land, To find a place where incubation’s best. Now buried like a golf ball in a dune, The eggs begin to undergo great change; To their surroundings they must now attune, With gender … Read more

A Limited Shelf Life

Within the frothy sprays and barren seas, Atop the very apex of our Earth, Anomalies are stirring in the breeze; Instead of mapping the expected dearth, The measurements reveal an unplanned birth Of sediments washed out by distant waves. Those melting Arctic shelves lacking in girth, Have caught the wind like echoes trapped in caves. … Read more

An Interstellar Climate

The final act of some forgotten star, Unleashes unseen light at breakneck speed; And once these cosmic rays have journeyed far, Into our atmosphere they start to bleed.   This energy from interstellar rays, Is tempered by the Sun’s magnetic haze; Creating nuclei from which clouds form, A dying star can cause our Earth to … Read more

A History of Soot Preserved in Feathers

When gliding through our old and rusty skies, You filtered out the wheezing, blackened air; A century of progress built on lies, Now captured in the feathered down you wear. The smut and ash th­­­at billowed from our hearth, Concealed the dirty secrets of our past; So, when you flew no more and fell to … Read more

Unwanted Feedback

Sunbeams two-step over white blankets Gliding painlessly between worlds, Then stray too close to the edge Where looming Arctic waves Trap their latent heat; Ending the dance, And leaving Only Sea. This is a nonet, inspired by recent research that has provided the first quantitative evidence for the “albedo feedback” effect in the Arctic. It … Read more

You All Fall Down

Balanced on a rock Orange sneezeweed in your mouth; You drop in the heat. This is a Haiku, inspired by recent research which has found climate change responsible for the local extinction of the American pika from  California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. The American pika is a small mammal adapted to high altitudes and cold temperatures, … Read more

An Elevated Imbalance

The crops that we all need to sustain life Are weakened by upturns in CO2; Engaging in this atmospheric strife Means less nutritious protein can accrue. But will this cause distress for me or you? For those who have the least, the risks are high, Because of greenhouse gases that we spew. And as we … Read more

Bad Breath

We need to breathe so that we can all live, And yet our lungs are not a perfect sieve; So why is it that people still deny: Pollution in the air can make you die.   Small particles suspended in the air, Are something of which we should be aware; Ozone is deadly when low … Read more

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