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Re: Climate change song

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"Osmond, Matthew" <[log in to unmask]>

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Osmond, Matthew

Date:

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:48:45 +0000

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Loved this - many thanks George. Will pass on. 
 
Mat 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Falmouth University 
 
________________________________________ 
From: Discussion list for the Crisis Forum [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Mark Levene [[log in to unmask]] 
Sent: 23 October 2013 16:46 
To: [log in to unmask] 
Subject: Re: Climate change song 
 
well, it sounds like we have the beginnings of a Crisis Forum climate change 
anthology.... 
 
anybody want to run with the idea? 
 
cheers, 
and thanks to George et al.  for kicking it off! 
 
mark 
 
 
 
 
 
on 23/10/13 2:36 pm, Levitt M.H. at [log in to unmask] wrote: 
 
> Hello, some may be interested in the music piece/song here: 
> http://burglarsoftheheart.bandcamp.com/track/slow-burn 
> which has the following lyrics (based on the idea of people with enough money 
> jumping ship to another planet): 
> 
> The sky is full of people leaving 
> The sky is full of people leaving 
> This earth, this world 
> Our home in slow burn 
> 
> See the blue, see the green 
> See the brown, see the red 
> Turn your face to the darkness 
> Our home in slow burn 
> 
> Do you remember how this happened? 
> Do you remember our first kiss? 
> Will you remember mountains burning? 
> Will you remember all these spaceships? 
> This earth? This world? 
> Our home in slow burn 
> 
> yours 
> malcolm 
> 
> 
> On 23 Oct 2013, at 15:29, Grant, John wrote: 
> 
> Got this a few months ago looking at the extreme events it¹s based on a poem 
> written for a terminally ill cancer patient who didn¹t tell anyone she was 
> ill? 
> 
> Some interesting parallels of a poem written in the first person with the 
> earth assumed to be a woman/mother? 
> 
> We Never KnewŠ (If we had known we would have done something) 
> Jan Brooks (2009) 
> http://janspoetryplace.webs.com/poemsoftragedyloss.htm 
> Such a waste, 
> but what could we do? 
> all Life lost, 
> but we never knew? 
> 
> No one knew, 
> that she was in pain, 
> she didn't say, 
> or ever explain. 
> 
> But it's not done, 
> it never quite ends, 
> we never, 
> get over a lost parent. 
> 
> Always unpredictable, 
> sometimes she lost her way, 
> lashing out at times, 
> and why, we cannot know? 
> 
> She can't speak, 
> she can't explain her deep pain, 
> we didn't know, 
> the secrets she keeps. 
> 
> She can't implore, 
> us from our grieving, 
> no one listened, 
> she didn't want to change. 
> 
> She's different now, 
> a shock to us all, 
> just so sad, 
> to those who relied on her. 
> 
> Friends she had, 
> who could have been there? 
> if they'd known, 
> because they cared. 
> 
> And we care, 
> but she cannot know, 
> now the mother we loved is gone, 
> and now most of us must also go... 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> John 
> 
> From: Discussion list for the Crisis Forum 
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Christopher Shaw 
> Sent: 23 October 2013 15:07 
> To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
> Subject: Re: Climate change poem built out of public attitude research! 
> 
> I think this is excellent. I am giving a presentation in December at the Royal 
> Society, as part of the Tyndall Centre Radical Emissions Reduction conference. 
> I will be talking about bringing lay perspectives into the process of 
> deliberating on what counts as an acceptable level of climate risk. I want to 
> try and find a way of sharing this poem with the audience. 
> 
> Thanks George for sharing. 
> 
> From: Discussion list for the Crisis Forum 
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of George Marshall 
> Sent: 23 October 2013 14:13 
> To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
> Subject: Climate change poem built out of public attitude research! 
> 
> 
> Dear all- I think you will like this: 
> 
> Emily Hinshelwood<http://emily-hinshelwood.co.uk/> is a Welsh poet who walked 
> across Wales two years ago asking everyone she met a single question: ³What 
> images come to mind when you think of Climate Change?². She then put the 
> replies together- she stresses  that they are taken verbatim from what people 
> told her - to make this delightful mash up of social research and performance 
> art. I¹m going to suggest she has a go at the IPCC reports. 
> 
> 
> 
> Fog. Fug. Smog 
> Cough. Smother. Choke 
> The planet in nasty grey-blue smoke from 
> factories with chimneys, from scratching out coal 
> 
> Big lumps of ice falling off the North Pole, so the 
> Sea levels rise, 
> the polar bear dies 
> 
> the Houses of Parliament tip, then capsize. 
> Whole blinkin¹ islands wiped off the map 
> and over here.... the summers are crap 
> 
> it¹s been pissing for weeks now, the drain¹s overflowing 
> and the sparrows don¹t know if they¹re coming or going 
> the daffodil blooms  - then he shivers with cold 
> we do our recycling - we do what we¹re told 
> 
> but the haycrop¹s all ruined, the riverbank¹s burst - 
> d¹you know 
> since I¹ve recycled, it¹s only got worse 
> hurricanes, tsunamis, the wreck of the land 
> 
> and everyone everywhere with their heads in the sand 
> me 
> me on a deckchair - with my head in the sand. 
> Me - with a bacardi breezer, 
> suntanned - with my head in the sand 
> while the desert expands. 
> 
> Dust. Thirst. Dry 
> Crops. Wilt. Die 
> Kids like sticks 
> African villages starve 
> but that won¹t stop me from driving my car! 
> There¹s so many people - we¹ve all got bad habits 
> and countries where women are breeding like rabbits 
> 
> and building more factories and digging more coal 
> and more and more ice falls off the north pole 
> so the water goes higher and we get more rain 
> and the desert moves further up into Spain. 
> 
> But we do our recycling we do what we¹re asked 
> it¹s a blue bag for plastics and a green bin for glass 
> We separate cardboard, we clean out our pots 
> but how do we know they don¹t landfill the lot? 
> Cos it¹s not getting better, the seasons are screwed 
> the poor little bees just don¹t know what to do 
> 
> there¹s Cameron on his bike - bla bla bla 
> with his briefcase coming after in his diplomatic car 
> 
> we know what we¹re doing - we can¹t seem to stop 
> Society says - Dont¹ think - JUST SHOP! 
> 
> So we buy more gadgets to plug in the wall 
> that need more electric that burns more coal 
> till the last lump of ice falls off the North Pole 
> 
> and there¹s more freak weather 
> and London¹s drowned 
> 
> and we knock up more houses on much higher ground 
> and we pour more concrete and we build more roads 
> 
> and we keep our borders resolutely closed 
> till food is so dear and there¹s nothing to eat 
> and it¹s our grandchildren - like sticks - begging in the street. 
> 
> Then - maybe then - we¹ll stop 
> park the car 
> unplug the x-box 
> we¹ll learn a bit of self-control 
> and then 
> maybe then 
> we¹ll stop digging up coal 
> 
> 
> George Marshall, 
> [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
> 
> Director of Projects, 
> Climate Outreach Information Network 
> Rhwydwaith Allgymorth a Gwybodaeth am yr Hinsawdd 
> 
> Mobile 0781 724 1889 (the most reliable way to contact me) 
> Skype: climategeorge 
> 
> Main COIN Office (Oxford) 
> 01865 403 334 
> http://www.climateoutreach.org.uk 
> www.talkingclimate.org<http://www.talkingclimate.org/> 
> 
> The Climate Outreach and Information Network is a charitable trust formed in 
> 2004 to directly engage the public about climate change, COIN inspires lasting 
> changes in attitudes and behaviours through the use of innovative action 
> learning methods and by assisting people to communicate their own messages to 
> their peers. Charity registration number  1123315 
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------------ 
> Malcolm Levitt 
> School of Chemistry 
> Room 27:2026 
> University of Southampton 
> Southampton SO17 1BJ 
> England. 
> tel. +44 23 8059 6753 
> fax: +44 23 8059 3781 
> iPhone: +44 77 7078 2024 
> [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
> work: magres.co.uk/?page_id=70<http://magres.co.uk/?page_id=70> 
> personal: www.malcolmhlevitt.com<http://www.malcolmhlevitt.com> 
> music: sevenstones.bandcamp.com<http://sevenstones.bandcamp.com> 
> ************************************************ 
> 

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