Do Something Now (Before It’s Too Late)

Apr 22nd, 2008 | By John Waller | Category: Climate Change, Poetry

At the ends of the Earth, ancient glaciers disappear
Its warmer there now than it’s been for thousands of years.
  Ice shelves collapse and melt away
  Caused by things we do every day,
And if we don’t do something now
  It may be too late.

In the forest of rain in the South American Amazon
The trees are going so fast that soon they’ll all be gone.
  The greed for gold and land to farm
  Is causing irreparable harm,
And if we don’t do something now
  it may be too late.

In the oceans of the world the water is not getting bluer
We dump the smelly sludge that was stinking up our sewers.
  We throw in garbage, waste and oil
  And wonder why our coast is spoiled,
And if we don’t do something now
  it may be too late.

Its gonna take everybody in this world
  Every woman, man, boy and girl -
It’s gonna take everyone in this world
  to save our world.
Its gonna take everything we can give
  Every nation has a right to live -
It’s gonna take everyone in this world
  to save our world.

The weather everywhere is tending toward extremes
More heat, more rain, more drought than we’ve ever seen.
  Hurricanes, torandos and killer storms
  Hundred year events are now the norm,
And if we don’t do something now
  it may be too late.

We throw away so much stuff we could use again
We make mountains of trash as monuments to modern men.
  This garbage is taking up so much space
  We’d be much better off if we made less waste,
And if we don’t do something now
  it may be too late.

There’s still a little time left for us to act
But everyday there’s less of it left, and that’s a fact.
  By recycling, conserving and cleaning our air
  We can save the Earth by showing we care,
But if we don’t something now
  if we don’t teach everyone how
  if we don’t do something now
  it may be too late.

By: John M. Waller
Originally composed on Earth Day 1998, Verse 1 & 3 updated Earth Day 2008

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