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An Environmental Prophet’s Welcome: a #tankaprose

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Greta Thunberg sat alone outside her school. She had gone on strike to protest climate change. A year later, children throughout the world joined her. NYC students received exemption from school absense for participating in the strike. She even spoke before the UN General Assembly.

For her courageous witness, a multitude of (mostly) conservative, climate-change-denying men took to twitter and other social media vehicles to attack her. “Why isn’t she in school?” “Why is she a tool for her fanatic parents?” “Why are they exploiting an autistic teenager?” “Why should we listen to a child?”

They attacked her, but they could not refute her message.

We can change our consumerist lifestyle. We can live within our global means. Or not. The choice–and its consequences–are ours. No amount of shouting down Greta changes that.

new moon

the last exhausted crickets

chirp in a cool night

All of the bloviating

over a call to action

for Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 147, #Poet’sChoice

and Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Truth (in honor of Gandhi’s birthday) posted by Susan.

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5 replies »

  1. I recall that once members of parliament in Britain were not paid but now of course they are. Not only that but governent members all over the world are paid well and no doubt boosted by their friends in business to their advantage. Sadly governments don’t represent the people any more they are merely enthusiasts to enrich themselves and their friends. Evidence of climate change is a nusiance so it must be ignored or denied as long as possible so as much profit can be made before action really needs to be done. We need a lot more Greta Thunbergs.

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