You’re probably familiar with the popular image of the United Nations, especially among American conservatives: an ineffectual bureaucracy where representatives of tiny countries drone on about their grievances while bored diplomats adjust their tie clips. Well, sometimes conservatives aren’t totally wrong.–Grist.org
The ocean tide is rising like a water-borne insurgency
The climate’s a catastrophe, a crisis and emergency
And global leaders rush to show they understand the urgency
The time for speeches long is past! We need to start commissions!
Headed up by movie stars and leading politicians
Corporate executives and big-name rock musicians!
To choose a new committee that will nominate a board
To name a special panel that will move the process toward
Reaching an agreement that will lead to an accord
On listing all the options for developing a policy
Toward funding new approaches based on cutting-edge psychology
For programs to encourage teaching kids about ecology.
(And somewhere in the universe, a star is giving birth
To a planet, in three billion years, that might resemble Earth.
Where life, if it is lucky, will recognize its worth.)