Rhyming Climate Tiger
Christmas Day posting 2022
Tiger, you have every right
To roam the forests of the night.
William Blake's immortal eye
Could not see the Tiger die.
Chinese Medicine fuels the trade
So Tiger populations fade.
Selfish Chinese ignorance?
Or Murderous belligerence?
Panthera Tigris can survive
If we decide that that Tigers thrive -
Through choices made by you and I
That Chinese products we won't buy.
At Egypt COP the good and great
Will talk into the early hours.
Lobbyists and Heads of State
And bureaucrats from Ivory Towers.
As if the world’s not hot enough,
They come by car, they come by air.
They come to hear the eco-stuff
But talk as if there’s time to spare.
They talk and talk and talk and talk;
1.5 - a worthy goal.
But will they really walk the walk
And ban the use of oil and coal ...
And help the third world modernise
By helping them with greener power,
The temperature to stabilise.
Will they grasp the vital hour?
2 weeks later ...
Again, they did not seize the day,
With tipping points just years away.
They kicked the climate can once more
And COPPED OUT as they have before!