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TO WHOEVER INHERITS THE EARTH

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Heaven_sent_Kathy
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Here is the Sloop Clearwater.

Pete Seeger, the folk music icon who passed away in 2014 at age 94, conceived of the Clearwater in the early 1960’s with a simple goal. “We’re going to build a boat to save the river,” he said. With Seeger’s inspiration, and the commitment of multiple generations of leaders, crew and volunteers, the sloop has achieved much more.

( see the entry in tribute of Seeger and The Clearwater sloop, at the bottom of page one )

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Solomon_Song
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Rhyme inspired by title:

To whoever inherits the earth -
we're sorry that to you we gave birth
while we mindlessly trashed creation,
fanning the flames to our damnation.

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Jade-Pandora
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ENDANGERED

2.  The Mountain Gorilla
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The world’s smallest population of mountain gorillas—a subspecies of the eastern gorilla—is split in two and scientists have debated whether they may be two separate subspecies. A bit more than half live in the Virunga Mountains, a range of extinct volcanoes that border the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. The remainder can be found in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Since the discovery of the mountain gorilla subspecies in 1902, its population has endured years of war, hunting, habitat destruction and disease—threats so severe that it was once thought the species might be extinct by the end of the twentieth century.

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Ahavati
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Bring it Back

Your intrinsic blood  
  intersects with Turtle Island's Heart—          
 Earth's microcosmic image      
  mirroring our flowered Universe      
       
Observe summer gnats glint      
  catching daylight's final hour—      
cottonwood buoyant on air;        
  lush vegetation, consequent      
  for nested lairs rustling young        
       
Return toward reticent retreats—        
  reserved evening presence;        
arterial memories processing        
  planetary history, remember      
                                  
This false empire we ruled:        
plastic, fake styrofoam warmth      
   single use bags—        
         haystacked needles obvious:      
   straw and six-pack yokes        
swallowing organic roots—        
       
You'll reverse circumstance      
         
Discern water, its overflow;        
forests divulging underbrush—        
  echolocating bats, chirping        
  crickets, dark Morse-coding        
beneath firefly symposiums        
  receiving natural communion        
       
Heed patterned mistakes;        
       
everything drifts south—      
  melting pot currents        
magnetizing discards of waste:      
  gravity's double-entendre—      
balancing youth alongside age      
       
The human conundrum;        
  some wanted so badly        
to make every difference—        
       
yet, feared such potential success      
  opposing mass majority        
more than their own      
                    self-imposed collapse        
       
Forgive us;  
  bring it all back         
~
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Jade-Pandora
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ENDANGERED

3. Sea turtles
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Human activities have tipped the scales against the survival of these ancient mariners. Nearly all species of sea turtle are classified as Endangered. Slaughtered for their eggs, meat, skin and shells, sea turtles suffer from poaching and over-exploitation. They also face habitat destruction and accidental capture in fishing gear. Climate change has an impact on turtle nesting sites. It alters sand temperatures, which then affects the sex of hatchlings.

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Jade-Pandora
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Southern California:
Orange County Coastkeepers bused an estimated 1,350 schoolchildren to Huntington State Beach on Tuesday, May 21, for an early-morning clean-up, and about 4,000 kids are expected to help pluck trash off the sand on Thursday, May 23, at Dockweiler State Beach in Marina del Rey.

Along with picking up trash, students form human art displays on the sand, viewable from the sky. At Huntington State Beach, participants formed the shape of a whale with the words “Protect What You Love.” The Dockweiler program also will center on love for the ocean, with students creating a heart in the sand with the message “Care For What You Love.”

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ocregister.com/2019/05/21/thousands-of-kids-volunteers-are-tidying-up-these-southern-california-beaches-as-summer-nears/amp/

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Sky_dancer
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Unfixable Irony

Warnings written on paper,
Stolen from the orangutans home,
About deforestation and palm oil.

Portents typed on technology,
Built by the hands of a 9 year old Chinese girl,
Lambasting the exploitation of poverty and child labour.

Giving charity with a loudspeaker,
To those whose governments take everything,
For a badge or a photograph in National Geographic.

Shock waves as young women are stolen,
Outcries and outrage.
As hoards of young boys die in droves echoed in global silence.

Carrier bags replaced by Bags for Life;
No one remembers to reuse.
Thicker plastics take even longer to rot,
And cloth impacts in hidden ways.

Vegans on soapboxes,
Shove ideologues of the cries of some favoured animals,
While the soil dies in short-sighted organic processing,
And insects are not afforded the same mercy,
(they're just not cute enough I guess.)

Who would fight for world peace,
When they make profits by selling arms;
To countries they start wars with?
Creating waves of refugees;
They then refuse to feed.

Banks, floating on nothing,
Backed by zero gold;
Lending money to the poor,
Who spend all their lives in debt;
Slavery exists in many forms.

Schools teaching children how to conform,
Institutionalising them into ignorance,
In their indoctrination; they learn nothing.

Religious institutions,
Touting moral discipline,
Whilst organising paedophile rings,
Atheists on high moral ground,
Reasoning like children.

Save the planet, save the planet!
But no one thinks to save themselves.
The rot outside was only ever a reflection
Of the putrid hearts of humanity.
Written by Sky_dancer (The Cosmic Dragon)
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Nari
Laura Jean
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Jade-Pandora
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ENDANGERED

4. Orangutans


For the two species of orangutans found on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo in southeast Asia, mature tropical rainforests are essential to their survival. Orangutans live entirely in trees. The reason why orangutans are endangered can be summed up with two words: habitat loss.

Pressure to destroy mature forests and orangutans comes from multiple sources. The demise of an orangutan population often begins with building a road through pristine forest. A new road brings in entrepreneurs and settlers keen to exploit the tropical forest and clear land. Loggers, farmers, poachers and pet dealers all play a role in the endangered orangutan's decline.

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T_V_Walker
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Gone


The dry heat cracks my mouth
My children are skeletal
Their mother has gone insane
I am nearly there
They look at the dog with a hunger
I can't deny
I just can't kill my dog

There are no birds
No flowers No leaves on the trees
Only baron dust and dead wood
We have no tears to cry
For we are shriveled by thirst

There's talk of something growing
Something green and new
I carry my family north
In hope of an end to this life
I just can't kill my dog

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T_V_Walker
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I have thought about the worst, here is a crude drawing I made about a dark future.

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Ely
E.A.Rothwell
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Senryu #33  ...

I have often thought
                          that Earth might be              
so much better off if we...were not.
Written by Ely (E.A.Rothwell)
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Jade-Pandora
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ENDANGERED

5. The Sumatran Elephant
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POACHING
Sumatran elephants typically have smaller tusks but they are enough to tempt poachers who kill the animals and sell their tusks on the illegal ivory market. Only male Asian elephants have tusks so every poaching event further skews the sex ratio further constraining breeding rates for the species.

DEFORESTATION AND HABITAT LOSS
In 2012, the Sumatran elephant was changed from “Endangered” to “Critically Endangered” because half of its population has been lost in one generation—a decline that is largely due to habitat loss and as a result human-elephant conflict. Sumatra has experienced one of the highest rates of deforestation within the Asian elephant’s range, which has resulted in local extinctions of elephants in many areas. Over two-thirds of its natural lowland forest has been razed in the past 25 years and nearly 70 percent of the Sumatran elephant’s habitat has been destroyed in one generation.

In Sumatra’s Riau province, pulp and paper industries and oil palm plantations have caused some of the world’s most rapid rates of deforestation. Elephant numbers have declined by a staggering 80 percent in less than 25 years, confining some herds to small forest patches. These populations are not likely to survive in the long-term. The Lampung province has seen its number of elephant herds decline from twelve in the 1980s to only three by 2002. Just two of the remaining herds are considered biologically viable.

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6. Saola ( Asian unicorn )


The saola, siola, Vu Quang ox, spindlehorn, Asian unicorn, or, infrequently, the Vu Quang bovid (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), is one of the world's rarest large mammals, a forest-dwelling bovine found only in the Annamite Range of Vietnam and Laos. Related to cattle, goats, and antelopes,[2][3] the species was defined following a discovery of remains in 1992 in Vũ Quang Nature Reserve by a joint survey of the Vietnamese Ministry of Forestry and the World Wide Fund for Nature.[4] Saolas have since been kept in captivity multiple times, although only for short periods. A living saola in the wild was first photographed in 1999 by a camera trap set by WWF and the Vietnamese government's Forest Protection Department.

In the press, saolas have been referred to as "Asian unicorns",[9] an appellation apparently due to the saola's rarity and reported gentle nature, and perhaps because both the saola and the oryx have been linked with the unicorn.

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EVICTION IS MY PREDICTION

Mother Nature can be a vengeful bitch  
She'll destroy us
Long before we can destroy her  
 
Sooner or later
She'll tire of our harassment  
And in a diatribe she'll smite us from this planet  
 
The end of humanity does not mean the end of the world  
Seems the earth is still doing fine
Since the Neanderthal demise  
 
Don't think for a minute that you can hide behind God  
For if not God's mistress  
Mother Earth is the Goddess  
 
The next great war will not be man against man  
But man against nature  
Want to bet who wins?
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