As we collectively celebrate Earth Day on the 22nd April 2021 in a unified response to an environmental crisis that we are all facing. We can look to the words in John Bradburne's poetry in the 1970's as being some of the first to notice this crisis.
Let us try and make changes not only for our sakes and future generations, but for the nature, environment and saving and protecting the planet.
Deforestation, 1970 by John Bradburne
The most destructive thing on earth is man
Disparaging his destiny in God,
He roots up forests and his bootless plan
Is concrete roads to speed him under sod;
He ravages the fruitful fields with fast
Measures for getting plenitude at once
Until an ashen countenance is cast
By cleverness that makes of him a dunce;
He flogs the wheatflour free of all its pith
And, making cancer-mixture, calls it bread,
Counting the Resurrection as a myth
He rises not to what befalls the dead:
But rising to the fact of Adam's fall
Too late will not improve estate at all.
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