A Whole Awful Lot

Hundreds of thousands of people in the street,
Indian summer heat of late September Manhattan
And thousands of other cities around the globe
One hundred and fifty six countries involved
People that care a whole awful lot like the Lorax
Speaking for the bees and the oceans and the mountains and the trees
And the earth is our mother, and we must take care of her
And the US military is the single largest consumer of fossil fuels on the planet
With a carbon footprint to match an obese, overly inflated, gluttonous budget
And we know that these people care about the planet because we’ve read their tweets
And because they’re in the streets marching and singing and shouting and signing petitions
And of course these are the good guys, most of them vote democrat in November
They feel good knowing that they are the ones who care deeply about America
And about the planet and the bees and the oceans and the mountains and the trees
But is it all just ‘do as I say, not as I do’ hypocrisy? No, I think most of them believe they’re right
And believe they need to prepare for the big day with large Dunkin Donuts coffee
with honey and gmo soy milk, hot in a Styrofoam cup, or iced in plastic with a straw,
they need the caffeine to wake up, wake up, wake up
need the caffeine but have yet to buy a reusable mug
they’re not bad people, but at the People’s Climate March they had to stay hydrated all day
and when the Poland Springs they had at the start of the march were empty, they threw them away
since there was no available recycling. And then they needed more water so they went to Starbucks
where they could buy fresh bottles of ice cold H20 and then go right back outside and rejoin the
People’s Climate March already in progress, progressing slowly through the streets of Manhattan
Where the sidewalks became covered in trash overflowing from trash cans filled with plastic food
packaging and beverage bottles and discarded literature about what we can all do to make a difference
and save the environment. And the “right” loves it, thinks this is justification in and of itself
to not give a fuck about the planet, not give a fuck because of a hypocritical few drinking coffee
from Styrofoam cups and water from single-use plastic bottles, thinks that because some old hippies
and young hipsters still consume far too much even as they march for the earth,
that somehow it invalidates the argument of the masses. Yeah, I think the march generated
far too much trash, and folks need to learn how to walk the walk and stop talking so much
but, does granny with her bottle of water hurt the planet as much as Nestle…? Or British Petroleum?
How about Johnny and that large Dunkin Donuts Styrofoam cup of hazelnut, two sugars and cream…
Haven’t you seen men move mountains? I mean, remove mountain tops? It’s crazy to say it’s the same
None of it’s good, but it’s a different kind of game
At least Johnny and granny don’t know any better, but they can change
They can learn to consume less and to reuse more, and it has nothing to do with Al Gore…it’s about you
And me, and us…you see? The hypocrites are the ones who say they’ve gone green,
Say that they are beyond petroleum, but it’s beyond words how absurd it all is. How much we consume
How much we waste. How much most of us have been trained to not give a fuck about this place
This planet earth that we call home, this one and only planet we have
And we have to do better, we all have to try
We can’t all just sit back and sigh, and cry for what we’ve lost. We do know the cost, and it’s a lot.
So, just because a lot of folks who say that they care about the planet,
are still stuck in wasteful, consumer mindset, don’t give up on them yet. They mean well,
but need to learn that if we are going to turn this planet into what it deserves to be
THEY are the ones that have to stand up and fight to be free
Free of plastics, free of bottles, free of Styrofoam cups
We need them all, and cannot give up and cannot condescend,
Let’s just lend them all a hand
And walk hand and hand throughout this land
Consuming less and loving more
Growing our own food, learning how to properly store or gift away what we don’t use
And the fact that 400,000 people gathered in New York City on September 21st
For the People’s Climate March, is pretty fucking cool
And of course a lot of us all have a long way to go
99.9% of us still all consume way too much,
But you have to start somewhere
And I don’t care that there was a huge carbon footprint
For folks traveling to the city
Or that the marchers created a shit load of trash
I mean, I do…
but more importantly than that…
There are at least 400,000 other people
Who have at least started to care too.

About soitgoes1984

I was born and raised on land stolen from the Pocumtuc. I now live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, on land that was stolen more recently, from the Hawaiians. I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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