Archive for November, 2012


Poem submitted after reading Save the Humans (5 Comments)
Alberta Tar Sands

Alberta Tar Sands

am I an idiot to care?

I’m told to save water on showers
on the garden, on flowers
to spend money on a low-flush tank
to wash the dishes by hand

while the city’s sprinklers go like rain
washing the pavement … all down the drain
those who use less will have to pay for
those who use more!

am I an idiot to care?

I’m told to save power, to wear more
to save heat, insulate roof and wall
I should buy a low-energy fridge
seal windows, doors … make the switch!

while the city and hydro complain
the streetlights keep burning into the day
our power gets sold to California
who does not pay …

am I an idiot to care?

I’m told to save gas, get a hybrid car
Walk to work, ride a bike … it isn’t far
plant trees and shrubs to slow the global warming …
instead of tar!

while the city clings to their decisions
wants four-lane roads and subdivisions
land cleared, paved fast, trees gone
big roofs burning into the sun!

am I an idiot to care?

I am told to be earthquate prepared, to store
get food and water, their kit, and more!
It’s a “when” we’re told and not an “if”
the earthquake hits!

While the city wants to change building codes
to promote business, which means more loads …
three levels … of rubble to fall
and bury us all!

am I an idiot to care?

imagine all the money could prevent, restore and do
for our future, air and water, nature, our children, me and you …

to destroy it all for temporary gain
if you ask me: is insane!

a grandmother

You are never too young! (1 Comment)

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This letter shows that you are never too young to speak out and make a difference. THANK YOU FINN!

“Finn is 3 and a half years old now, but started showing great interest in sharks before his 3rd birthday mostly because of “Bruce” the shark in Finding Nemo. Finn was quite concerned when he read that sharks were in danger. To support this interest, we got books about sharks and watched movies about sharks to learn more. Many of the books explained that over fishing due to illegal shark finning, fisherman’s nets and pollution put sharks at risk, and Finn thought he should tell people about this to raise awareness and save sharks. Finn is especially proud of Toronto for banning Shark Fin Soup. It was only after learning from books and other movies that Finn was able to see Sharkwater.

Finn (an avid chef) was reading through a cookbook that included a homemade lemonade recipe, so Finn planned on having a lemonade stand. When planning for this stand (we even had shark fin ice cubes), Finn wanted to include a table that had shark information on it to raise awareness about sharks at risk, and it was then that Finn expressed his desire to have all proceeds go to shark conservation. When people came to purchase lemonade, he talked to them about protecting and saving sharks. He also explained about how each shark is unique and has their own special traits that set it apart from other sharks.

Finn’s favorite shark is the whale shark.”