I can’t change the order of this, but please read my daughter’s blog post at the bottom of this before reading the poem. This is so important, and I applaud the efforts of my family to do something about the problem.
Here is my poem written last year, and even more valid now:
A red-letter day – the parliament of the Sea Creatures
Hear ye, hear ye,
the trumpet fish waved his long snout
The Boss is anxious to sort things out.
He’s calling a meeting of all you chaps
to right a few wrongs, so perhaps
you would kindly make your way
to the barrier reef
at eighteen degrees South
by one four eight East
at half past four on Sunday week.
At the appointed hour
you should have seen the throng:
of whales and sharks and lion fish
with cod and hake and herring;
anemones and sea slugs
sea cucumbers and angel fish,
awakened coral, fighting shy of parrot fish –
1it should have been a disaster
but I quelled them with one Godly look.
We’re here to talk, not nibble
you can quibble after. I’m having my say,
and what I say goes.
We need to keep a balance
of species and varieties,
so you must control your appetites.
Give and be given, live and let live.
It’s those blasted humans
who’re spoiling the ocean for us –
whose greed and careless waste
cause death, pollution and worse.
That’s what we’re here to discuss.
Mutter mutter, argy bargy,
piffle, waffle, and baloney –
after hours of fruitless discussion ,
the God’s expression stony,
he came to momentous decision.
What I propose is to intervene
with the Gods of storms and weather,
but most of all with the human race
To work together, clean up our act
to save us all this bother.
‘Twas soon agreed by one and all
that it was worth a try:
the case was taken to Zeus and won –
unique in unanimity.
The family challenge from tomorrow is to live without plastics for a month then try to maintain a low plastic existence thereafter. To be more accurate we will avoid all single use plastics (otherwise no computer, phone, car, TV etc.). This includes recyclable plastics too as recycling isn’t really a solution to the problem. If you do look at recycling marks on plastics then it’s amazing how many are not even recyclable (particularly composite materials). We are doing this with two of Duncan’s work colleagues and documenting some of it on a separate blog: goingplasticfree. Why? Well look at the why page on that blog!