Earth Day

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Earth Day

After a devastating oil spill in 1969,

it prompted a US Senator in Wisconsin to raise

public awareness of our planet’s decline

and a day was then set for American’s to praise

and honour the world and celebrate its worth

and give inspiration to all future generations

by recognising the fragility of our Mother Earth

and now it’s observed by a hundred odd nations.

In 1970 upon the streets of the States,

20 million people throughout this great land,

held organised protests to demonstrate

against the planet’s atrophy. We should all understand

the threat that we cause was their plea.

By the end of the year, the first Earth Day had led

to the creation of the US Environment agency

with its passage for clean air and thinking ahead.

In 1990 Earth Day went worldwide

and lifted environmental issues on to the stage

and now we know more, it’s up to us to decide

how we protect our world in this age.

Education is the very foundation for progress

as we look towards our future and how changes affect

our livelihood. We must embrace and address

and not ignore the signs and neglect

how instrumental our role on this place we call ours

with its summer and autumn and winter and spring

and value our wildlife, our trees and our flowers

as the seasons rotate and with them they bring

their changes in climate, from hot to cold

and nature provides us food for us all,

as we watch the colours change from green, red to gold

and with it the sunshine and breezes and rainfall.

So this day reminds us that we have to protect

our home and provider and look after her well,

like planting of trees with the ‘Canopy Project’

and spend time enjoying the place that we dwell.

We should get outside and relish the fresh air,

maybe go to the coast and clean up our shores

by collecting the plastic and show her we care,

to ensure our children can value the great outdoors.

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Real or Fake?

Real or Fake

Real or fake

From handbags and coats and hooded parka trims

with their soft allure, as they adorn our limbs

and swinging pom poms, on stiletto heels in pink,

so soft and elegant, it really could be mink.

Warm winter coats, hang on long clothes rails

reduced in price, it’s the end of season sales.

Delighted with the purchase, the price was really cheap,

if you knew what they’re made of, it would make you weep.

Three leading retailers, it was announced yesterday,

are selling real fur items, throughout the UK.

They have all claimed, that they thought it was faux

and how it entered their supply chains, they really don’t know.

They said they’d take action and remove the product

and will certainly investigate, any possible misconduct.

Animal rights groups have said, shoppers are being misled,

as they think they’re buying faux, but it’s real fur instead.

Nine out of ten people refuse to buy fur, a survey has found,

but did you know a strip of raccoon fur costs as little as a pound?

The problem has arisen, because of trade in the far east,

but the cheaper the better, they couldn’t care in the least.

Raccoons have many litters, all from just one pair,

and are kept in conditions and denied veterinary care.

They are being mass farmed and often alive they are skinned,

for their soft dense pelts and then their carcasses are binned.

The grim reality is, that real fur can be produced

more cheaply than fake, it has been deduced.

Fur farms have been banned in the UK since 2003,

but this current situation, we did not foresee.

So if you are not sure, if your garment is real,

test to see if inside it’s stiff to the feel,

or look for fibres, that taper at their ends,

this is the advice, that PETA recommends.

But if when you’re shopping, you are really still unsure,

avoid buying at all and just do not procure,

as when shops feel, a drop in the revenue that they make,

they’ll insist on suppliers, guaranteeing it’s fake.

 

Chemical Attack in Syria

Chemical Attack in SyriaSyria

There was the sound of planes in the sky above their heads

Then explosions whilst the innocent slept in their beds

And entire families were unaware as the gas rained down

Upon blameless civilians in northern Syria’s Idlib town.

People ran into the streets choking for their very breath

Convulsing, retching and gasping and then the death

Of over seventy people, including young children too

And chemicals poured from war planes as they flew.

With foaming mouths, dilated eyes, and children that cried

As in their numbers they asphyxiated, collapsed and then died

Some of the survivors helped douse others with water

As the death toll rose amidst this evil slaughter.

Hours later a hospital treating the injured, was hit

But the Syrian military have said they do not admit

And take no responsibility and categorically reject

Any involvement in this crime in any aspect.

Very few of the hospitals have the capacity to cope

With such an attack in this place of no hope

One doctor said he saw whole families that were killed

And could do nothing to help however much he is skilled.

This attack should strike at the very core of humanity

How much longer will the world watch this insanity

As this strike quite clearly is a war crime

And cannot be ignored in this world of our time.

This raid indicates Bashar Assad’s growing confidence

And refocuses on the failure of international incompetence

In preventing the worst abuses of Syria’s heinous war

With its regime that we say we all so abhor.

And as no political solution is still not in sight

The world will continue to witness this fight

With our world leaders with warnings – there’s a price to pay

It’s the civilians paying the heaviest, at the end of the day.