Blogs by Ann Massey
Borneo's Tropical Rainforest is Disappearing Fast ... So What!
1/8/2011 2:42:36 PM
Trees are vital to human existance because they are the lungs of the earth. Man can survive for months without food but without oxygen life ceases within minutes.
When you destroy a blade of grass
You poison England at her roots
Remember no man's foot can pass
Where evermore no green grass shoots.
I first heard those lines from 'To Iron- Founders and Others' by Gordon Bottomley over fifty years ago when I was a pupil in Mr. Worthington's English Class at Hayward Grammar School.
Over the years I have read articles in newspapers and magazines, listened to lectures and viewed documentaries about the far reaching effects of deforestation but I cannot quote from a single one. Who says poetry isn't relevant in the twenty-first century? Bottomley's warning is indelibly stamped on my conscious and my conscious .
Today I recited this poem to my students and then went on to tell them about what is happening in Borneo. How proud, formely self-sufficient Dayaks have been forced off their ancestral lands by rapacious loggers and forced to live beggarly lives because they lack the education and skills to adapt to a changed environment. This led to a heated discussion about Development vs Conservation: such is the power of poetry.
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