Dismal Fumes – A Poem

Frosty mornings, misty roads,

Lorries carry heavy loads.

Traffic everywhere, nose to nose,

Engines roaring, pavements closed.

Gases and fumes fill the air,

Sometimes feels like we just don’t care.

Planes fly over, pollution swirls –

From their jets, in poisonous twirls.

Watch the endless trail of smoke,

From power stations, making choke –

An atmosphere less full of wildlife,

Cut that pollution with a knife.

Energy wasted, all for nowt,

Nobody walking around and about.

Everyone sat inside cars and vans,

Time we made more Ecofriendly plans.

I wrote this poem after noticing how clogged up my city has been lately. As those working from home have been asked to get back on the road, I worry that pollution will soon be back to its normal levels. London last week had an air quality warning where people were encouraged to stay inside due to the clinging fog holding onto those traffic fumes and creating extra risks for people with asthma.

I also notice that our weather locally is steadily becoming warmer every winter. Daily temperatures of around ten degrees replace bitterly cold previous winters. Essentially in the East of England we do not see any snow any more.

As a snow lover this makes me sad and right now I can see nothing but pollution so the parallels have become increasingly visible.

Fingers crossed we will find solutions to these problems soon. Roads filled with electric cars and electricity grids powered by natural sources may well be the answer. For another of my poems please click here.

Why Climate Awareness Mustn’t Fade

Starting off the new year, I wanted to ensure that I keep writing as much as I can about climate issues. During November we had the COP26 summit in Glasgow where world leaders briefly made basic promises to improve the situation regarding pollution. Now we have pretty much got radio silence on the subject. Us bloggers need to find ways to keep the topic alive.

Even last week the new Leonardo DiCaprio movie ‘Don’t Look Up’ parodied how important issues can be ignored by the press which is often obsessed with fairly superficial topics instead. The movie highlights the possibility that a potential meteor strike could be difficult to publicise when the media seems more drawn to celebrity fall outs and lip enhancements.

Although the Netflix film is about a meteor looming, it makes you think about how easily climate news is knocked down the priority list in favour of celebrity gossip and banter. Eyes seem more to be drawn to articles about disgraced royals and squabbling Hollywood time wasters more than scientific issues that actually affect everyone on the planet.

Unflinching

The trouble with the media is that things move on pretty quickly. One minute we are watching a scandal about a famous person and the next we have forgotten about all that as we enjoy their latest blockbuster movie. In the same way, while COP26 was all over the news for a few days in Autumn, people seem to have already pretty much forgotten about it now, just a few months after.

I know people who were discussing these issues as if they were fairly fresh news. Almost as though climate change just reared its head for a week in November, soon to be swept away by the Queen’s son’s scandal and debates about whether footballers should test for covid on match days.

I know people who started to have important conversations about climate change after the news was mentioning temperature rises. It seemed that they were starting to take the issues seriously. Then over the holidays those same people have booked holidays with long distance flights and not made connections between their lives and pollution.

In Summary

I suppose the point that I am trying to make is that if we don’t keep climate change in the news then it will fast become old news. Allowing that to happen is bad because in the real world, climate change keeps on progressing at an incredible pace.

So there you have it. I think it is clear that big changes need to be made and that awareness isn’t everything BUT lack of engagement is dangerous when it comes to this critical issue. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments. For simple ways to be more ecofriendly click here.

Don’t Forget the Climate – Poem

As you eat your Christmas dinner,

Open presents, laugh and play,

Try to remember the climate crisis,

It won’t slow down or go away.

When you get together, think

About sharing transport, using trains,

Save on fuel and pollution,

And definitely avoid planes.

Look after neighbours,

Spread some cheer,

But remember the climate,

It’s changing all year!

Pass the parcel, drink the wine,

Watch a movie and sing

Recycle and try not to waste

Who knows what tomorrow will bring?!