We’re blocking traffic in the city street
Because we’re sick of inactivity
Relating to the environment; it would be meet
To see a bit of positivity
Regarding rights of bison, bird, and bee;
And yet among our governments we see no sign of urgency
Concerning falling glaciers and rising sea –
About the weather there’s no climate of emergency.

We pound the pavements with our sandaled feet –
About the petrol engine, we hail all negativity;
We mock the lifestyles of the effete –
Would super-charge their meek passivity –
Use windmills and the sun to power electricity –
So much the better if the lights go out – if not, we’ll douse them
Because to be dark green is our proclivity,
As we declare a climate of emergency.

And if the human race should go extinct, the news it would be good to
greet –
At least it would if there were someone left to show their glee;
But lest the world should overheat,
We must increase our connectivity – embrace a tree –
Cease having children – explore our gender-free fluidity;
Regret we took no care for world conservancy;
Though Salisbury Plain scarce looks like Zuyder Zee,
It is a climate of emergency.


Prince, down at your old country seat,
Around the grounds you keep a look-out for insurgency;
But greens are busy elsewhere blocking butchers’ meat;
It helps to have a climate of emergency.

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