1.5 Degrees – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Photo: Hardenbergia, as seen at Kings Park Botanical Gardens, Perth, W.A. in my view all life has intrinsic value.

Note: 1.5 degrees is the base objective for reducing global warming if we are to effect real change that protects small island nations, food and water and health. The 2 degrees allowed by the Paris Agreement is believed by some to be a dangerous game.

“Action relies on courage not hope.” Emily Atkin

1.5 Degrees

What lies before us is entirely possible if we decide to act,
not just to be sustainable but to turn the tide completely
with the courage of collective action without judgement,
for complete ecological restoration in our greenhouse.

Not to be just sustainable but to turn the tide completely,
to find the resolve to move from despair to engagement
for complete ecological restoration in our greenhouse,
steering away from denial manifesting as empty hope.

To find the resolve to move from despair to engagement,
leaping beyond the desire to wrap everything in a bow,
steering away from denial manifesting as empty hope,
and we might be surprised at how simple it was.

Leaping beyond the desire to wrap everything in a bow,
with the courage of collective action without judgement,
and we might be surprised at how simple it was,
what lies before us is entirely possible if we decide to act.


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Note: I was listening to Richard Louv who was a keynote speaker at the recent 'Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference' who said (and quoting William McDonough) "What happens to a society that can no longer conjure up images of a beautiful future, not just a sustainable future, you know, William McDonough the designer likes to say, you really want a marriage that's sustainable, don't you want something better than that?"

17 Comments

Filed under awareness, ecology, environment, nature, Pantoum, poem

17 responses to “1.5 Degrees – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Excellent poem, Paul. It seems there are games of Russian roulette being played with numbers. And I like William McDonough’s quote very much.

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  2. The repitition of the pantoum form is particularly effective for delivering your message. I’m getting increasingly worried about global warming.

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  3. This is a beautiful poem, and so so so very timely, Paul. Something to be learned for us all here … thank you.

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  4. Yes, everything is eventually “a matter of act”. The only question is how to put this in the “hearts” of politicians and money makers.

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  5. Charis Counselling

    A beautiful pantoum of hope – this left me with renewed hope to keep fighting and believing we can do this – thank you

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