January 10th, 2022
• Jaya Prisco • Mayah Eden Lasky • Milly Carmichael • Yumu Yoshida • Indigo Tait-atkin •
Since creation pristine, now Earth’s waters we see
Are vast ponds of pollution and plastic debris.
In the misguided minds of too many who lead
More important than oceans are power and greed.
Seas are rising as glaciers and coral reefs shrink.
Now humanity stands on catastrophe’s brink.
Whether strangled, unable to breathe or to feed,
Or entangled by plastics that movements impede,
Left defenseless are creatures that under seas lie
That increasingly suffer and needlessly die.
To ignore global warming is reckless and wrong.
Without unified action, it may not be long
Until sea life, a critical sustenance source,
Will by vanishing vengeance on nations enforce.
While both paper and wood over time will decay
And their trees are renewable, plastic won’t rot.
And though metal’s recycled or eaten away
By incessant corrosion, most plastics are not.
Though we cannot all plastics now instantly ban,
We must fund more research and do all that we can
To use other materials to crisis reduce
Until science can soluble plastics produce.
Then permit toxic dumping in oceans no more
To preserve life within them and planet restore.