For this week’s earthweal challenge, Sherry has given us the following call to action:
In the midst of everything going topsy-turvy, in a dark-hearted world, let’s pick up our pens and direct our faltering hope, our vision – OUR LIGHT – in what may very well be our last gasp at the brink of the abyss. With our Shambhala warrior pens, let’s expose what is wrong on the way to making it right. Let’s keep shining some light into this broken world, which remains so heartbreakingly beautiful, in spite of everything
I am linking up a video recording of me reading ‘Leave a light footprint’ from The Anthropocene Hymnal, a poem I originally composed for earthweal.
We can, and must, all do our bit to reduce our role in the rapid destruction of earth’s delicately-balanced ecosystem. We may feel that this is only a drop in the ocean, but if everyone did the same, imagine the positive changes we could make! A good starting point is the book How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything by Mike Berners-Lee. This book inspired the above poem, and made me much more carbon-conscious in my lifestyle choices. I am now acutely aware that the most positive choices I can make for our planet are to eat less meat and fish, use less fuel, and reduce my overall energy consumption. In short, be grateful for what I have and where I am. It’s a lesson I’m still learning, and I practice imperfectly, but I do try. The next important task is to raise awareness, which I aim to do through my writing.
I don’t suppose anyone rich and powerful will read this, but to them, I direct the following questions:
- What kind of a world are you planning to leave your children and grandchildren?
- Do you think money will protect them when the sun is blotted out by smoke from wildfires? When the last wild animals die and the food chain breaks down?
- Do you think your fine houses will protect you, when they are washed into the sea, or overrun by the billions of people made homeless by your selfish actions?
- Do you think you will be able to survive in space, or on a hostile planet, when you have made such an absolute mess of life upon a planet as bounteous as our earth?
Thank you, Sherry, for another fine challenge. This concludes my series of readings from The Anthropocene Hymnal. If you want to read the rest, you will have to buy the book 🙂 Here is the latest 5-star review from Amazon:
I have followed Ingrid’s Experiments in Fiction Blog for a couple of years now. I have always been both fascinated and made thoughtful through her words. I love that she has brought together her ‘Hymnal’ of evocative poetry and broaches the stark reality of what we are living through in this time of ‘Climate Change’.
I was particularly drawn to the pieces devoted to the RAPE of our Oceans! The trawler bearing upon the seabed its scars, hacking the carbon up from beneath and mangling to near extinction our wisest animal relations, the dolphins and whales! All in the pursuit of selfish profit!
Just don’t get me started on Fossil fuels!
Beautifully written… And so very well edited. These songs of reaction, really define the rather sad reality of Climate Change. We are leaving behind a scarred planet! We human beings are the Grim Reaper… We will end up with nothing!
Many thanks to A.W. for this review!
I will receive my first royalty payment at the end of the month, at which point I will provide a fundraising update. In the meantime, if you wish to, you can support my fundraising efforts by donating to my Anthropocene Hymnal fundraiser. I am offering a free PDF of the anthology to anyone who makes a donation.
A huge thank you to anyone who has contributed to, bought, reviewed and/or publicised this book in any way. Your contribution literally means the world to me!