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Hestia, by Ilona Inezita, 2014.

Claiming we’re gods,

Creating heaven,

When we’re nothing but men,

Destroying earth,

Creating hell.

Summer, by Abhijeeth, 2019.

It's a never ending summer
Every year is getting warmer
Stuck in an oven
A/C on twenty four seven
Nobody seems too worried though
busy dealing with life you know
Never ending summer
It's the new normal
Air around us filled with dust and smoke
Majestic whales filled with plastic
Nobody sheds a tear
Why would you care
For you it's only a slight discomfort
it's not an immediate threat
Why should I care about the oceans
Why should I care about the animals
They mean nothing to me and my life
This world is mine and mine only right
I am not gonna waste my time
thinking about humanity's crime
And besides what could I do to help
I am just a simple man busy with his life
I am not gonna reduce plastic in my life
I am not gonna raise my voice
Let these animals suffer
I got AC in my ivory tower
So let's burn our resources
Use plastic to fill our stomachs
And when it gets warmer next year

Don't worry.

It will just be the new normal.


Last Safe Habitat, by Dr. Craig Santos Perez, 2022.


I don't want our daughter to know

that Hawai'i is the bird extinction capital

of the world. I don't want her to walk

around the island feeling haunted

by tree roots buried under concrete.

I don't want her to fear the invasive

predators who slither, pounce,

bite, swallow, disease, and multiply.

I don't want her to see paintings

and photographs of birds she'll never

witness in the wild.

I don't want her to

imagine their bones in dark museum

drawers. I don't want her to hear

their voice recordings on the internet.

I don't want her to memorize and recite

the names of 77 lost species and subspecies.

I don't want her to draw a timeline

with the years each was “first collected”

and “last sighted.”

I don't want her to learn

about the Kaua'i 'O'o, who was observed

atop a flowering 'Ohi'a tree, calling

for a mate, day after day, season after

season, because he didn't know he was

the last of his kind—

until one day, he disappeared,

forever, into a nest of avian silence.

I don't want our daughter to calculate

how many miles of fencing is needed

to protect the endangered birds

that remain. I don't want her to realize

the most serious causes of extinction

can't be fenced out.

I want to convince her

that extinction is not the end. I want

to convince her that extinction is

just a migration to the last safe habitat

on earth.

I want to convince her

that our winged relatives have arrived

safely to their destination: a wondrous

island with a climate we can never

change, and a rainforest fertile

with seeds and song.

Survival, by John Bartlett, 2021.

She's back again this year,

in heels and nuptial plumes,


in pale eyeliner

            --the white-faced heron

selecting twigs,

thinking of survival

What rush of rapture


            --these birds

designed from

templates of dinosaurs

with songs that shiver

in the deep wells of the soul

So, despite 

the cracking ice

in Greenland, the rift,

the cleft, the split,

the speld

Despite the smell,

the stench, the stink

of burning forest,

I see you still,


by cross-thatched leaves,

your changing of the guard

with stilt-stepped stealth,

this private pact

between you, 

this brooding hope



Once I said that bubble wraps are a major source of noise pollution, by Jayant Kashyap, 2022.


and everyone laughed and I was happy about it.  Then I said that we are all dying and everyone laughed again.  So I thought it might have been funny


and told them about all the whales instead. And about forest fires and heat waves and defined anthropogenic activities.  Some didn't agree that we

could cause avalanches to happen or tsunamis, tornadoes and other issues with funny names either,

said the bears and porpoises need to learn to

adapt to survive, quoted a bit of Darwin and laughed again.  Everyone said I was being too dull or silly or boring or uninteresting and left me alone.

So I went to the library with a bottle of old red wine and read a bit more.  

Lost, by Eric Abalajon, 2022.

The news immediately clarified

             that no person was hurt

and no property was damaged

             by the cow

when it wandered

             into the stretch of Diversion Road

                                                                                 one afternoon.

What wasn't seen,

             or what escaped the minds of 

                          people in traffic;

is that there's still patches of Mandurriao

with grasses that are taller than people.

             Highway noise

is the one                        out of place.


An Uncertain Future, by Mary V. Botten, 2022.

Moving together, we pass through time,

Step by step, no reason nor rhyme.

Pondering on our existence here,

For nothing is certain, nothing is clear.

There are cracks in our foundations, cracks in our base,

This eroding, fragile world in which we are placed.

Immeasurable repairs are needed to restore

Our amazing earth that we should adore.

I feel we are breaking in every which way,

Moral fibre stretched thin and beginning to fray.

We have the gift of a life, a planet too,

Treasured by many but sadly too few.

Staring Through The Window by Justin Raphael Lopez Gutierrez, 2021.

My child, sit by my side,
have a look outside.
What do you see?

The sun and the sands,
the winds and the waves,
the grass and the trees;

They are our responsibility,
yet we have lost the ability
to maintain the beauty bestowed before us.

This magnificent land is ours,
yet we fail to find the hour 
to stop and realize the condition we have left it in.

My child, sit by my side,
have a look outside.
What can you say?

I can only pray 
that there be a day
where you can gaze upon the bluest of skies just as I once did;

Where you can experience vitality
from this grim reality 
that we have turned our land into;

Where the scent of the meadows 
suppress the sorrows
that we've sown on our own soil.

My child, sit by my side,
have a look outside.
What must we do?

Restoration is due; 
return earth to its true
colors and vibrance and beauty and grace.

Evoke the natural ways,
bring back the breathable days
when the air was pure and fresh and crisp and clear.

It's time to embrace 
positive change,
to shatter the pattern
and break the cyclical destruction 
of a home undeniably, unquestionably, irreplaceable.

And I know that we are able
to achieve the sustainable
and throw away the days where disposables were our disabilities.

There is no anonymity.
With one collective identity,
we are all accountable
to this sizeable responsibility

So my child, I tell you,
let the rivers flow,
let the flowers grow,
let the people know,
that the earth needs its glow.

It's an awakening
my child, are you listening?
Beyond that window 
is a tomorrow full of opportunity,
and today, we must march in unity
because that is what it takes to rebuild this land.

It's at the palm of our hands
and it's time to take the ultimate stand 
for a creation so magnificent.
This world is at war, yet again, the victims are the innocent;
There is no moment to be indifferent.
This land needs to heal, we need not be the impediment
And one thing is evident:
My child, we need our future
But it needs us to be present.




Rise: From One Island to Another, by Aka Niviana and Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, 2018. Niviana, an Inuk from Greenland, and Jetnil-Kijiner, from the Marshall Islands, wrote and met in Southern Greenland to perform this offering between legendary "sisters" of two far-distant islands both imperiled by global warming. The cinematography and soundtrack of the film, produced by, are beautiful and moving as well. 

Performance on Vimeo



From these islands
we ask for solutions.
From these islands

we ask
we demand that the world see beyond
SUV’s, ac’s, their pre-packaged convenience
their oil-slicked dreams, beyond the belief
that tomorrow will never happen, that this
is merely an inconvenient truth.
Let me bring my home to yours.
Let’s watch as Miami, New York,
Shanghai, Amsterdam, London,
Rio de Janeiro, and Osaka
try to breathe underwater.
You think you have decades
before your homes fall beneath tides?
We have years.
We have months
before you sacrifice us again
before you watch from your tv and computer screens waiting
to see if we will still be breathing
while you do nothing.

My sister,
From one island to another
I give to you these rocks
as a reminder
that our lives matter more than their power
that life in all forms demands
the same respect we all give to money
that these issues affect each and everyone of us
None of us is immune
And that each and everyone of us has to decide
if we


Earthrise by Amanda Gorman, 2018. (first National Youth Poet Laureate) A Climate Reality project dedicated to Al Gore.

Performance on YouTube




Climate change is the single greatest challenge of our time,

Of this, you’re certainly aware.
It’s saddening, but I cannot spare you
From knowing an inconvenient fact, because
It’s getting the facts straight that gets us to act and not to wait.

So I tell you this not to scare you,
But to prepare you, to dare you
To dream a different reality,

Where despite disparities
We all care to protect this world,
This riddled blue marble, this little true marvel
To muster the verve and the nerve
To see how we can serve
Our planet. You don’t need to be a politician
To make it your mission to conserve, to protect,
To preserve that one and only home
That is ours,
To use your unique power
To give next generations the planet they deserve.

Still, by Miriam Mosqueda (Indigenous Mexican/American poet and artist) 2021.

Performance on YouTube

Where I call home

Corn stalks stretch to the sky
Intertwined with cables
And rooftops

A backyard
Not a farm or a field
But we still call this home

For the corn seeds and for us

We both ended up here

Trying to find new ways to be
New places to plant
To grow

We still call this home

Even if we live in diaspora

Forced displacement
On ever changing land
That we’re in relation to
And never in ownership of

As guests
On this soil that so graciously hugs corn seeds into sprout into stalk into life
For us

The year our skies were red with rage from wildfires
Ash fell from above
Floating down and coating our garden gray
Smoke in the air and our lungs
We still placed corn seeds to earth

When a refinery was built next to our family home in Mexico
Out the window we could see it
On the other side of large brick walls were tanks and metal cylinders
trucks moved in and out
Things we’ve never seen before
And we still placed corn seeds to earth

600 gallons of oil were spilled into the water near us this year
Closing access to waterways
poisoning all it touches
A danger greed refuses to see
And we still placed corn seeds to earth

We still call this home

Dad says corn is the gold
Our little soil bed of memories
A prayer held in seeds
Thousands of years old
Corn gives us life when life around us
is changing

We both ended up here
Trying to find new ways to be
New places to plant
To grow
And grow
And grow

We still call this home

Speaking Tree by Joy Harjo, 2015. (U.S. Poet Laureate, Myskoke Creek nation)


I had a beautiful dream I was dancing with a tree —Sandra Cisneros

Some things on this earth are unspeakable:
Genealogy of the broken—
A shy wind threading leaves after a massacre,
Or the smell of coffee and no one there—

Some humans say trees are not sentient beings,
But they do not understand poetry—

Nor can they hear the singing of trees when they are fed by
Wind, or water music—
Or hear their cries of anguish when they are broken and bereft—

Now I am a woman longing to be a tree, planted in a moist, dark earth
Between sunrise and sunset—

I cannot walk through all realms—
I carry a yearning I cannot bear alone in the dark—

What shall I do with all this heartache?

The deepest-rooted dream of a tree is to walk
Even just a little ways, from the place next to the doorway—
To the edge of the river of life, and drink—

I have heard trees talking, long after the sun has gone down:

Imagine what would it be like to dance close together
In this land of water and knowledge. . .

To drink deep what is undrinkable


The Council of Pronghorns by Terry Tempest Williams, 2011

We, the Council

of Pronghorn

have convened

as witnesses

to this moment

in time

when our eyes

wish to peer

into the hearts

of humans

and ask

what kind

of world

are you creating

when we can

no longer

run as Windhorses

but are relegated

to watching

behind fences

dreaming, dreaming

of Spirit


An Earth Song by Langston Hughes, 1925

It's an earth song,—
And I've been waiting long for an earth song. 
It's a spring song,—
And I've been waiting long for a spring song. 
    Strong as the shoots of a new plant 
    Strong as the bursting of new buds
    Strong as the coming of the first child from its mother's womb. 
It's an earth song, 
A body song, 
A spring song, 
I have been waiting long for this spring song





Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Glacier (after Wallace Stevens) by Craig Santos Perez, 2016 (


Among starving polar bears,

The only moving thing

Was the edge of a glacier.


We are of one ecology

Like a planet

In which there are 200,000 glaciers.


The glacier absorbed greenhouse


We are a large part of the biosphere.


Humans and animals

Are kin.

Humans and animals and glaciers

Are kin.


We do not know which to fear


The terror of change

Or the terror of uncertainty,

The glacier calving

Or just after.


Icebergs fill the vast ocean

With titanic wrecks.

The mass of the glacier

Disappears, to and fro.

The threat

Hidden in the crevasse

An unavoidable cause.


Oh vulnerable humans,

Why do you engineer sea walls?

Do you not see how the glacier

Already floods the streets

Of the cities around you?


I know king tides,

And lurid, inescapable storms:

But I know, too,

That the glacier is involved 

In what I know.


When the glacial terminus broke,

It marked the beginning 

Of one of many waves.


At the rumble of a glacier

Losing its equilibrium,

Every tourist in the new Arctic

Chased ice quickly.


They explored the poles

For offshore drilling.

Once, we blocked them, 

In that we understood

The risk of an oil spill

For a glacier.


The sea is rising.

The glacier must be retreating.


It was summer all winter

It was melting

And it was going to melt

The glacier fits

In our warm-hands.



James Franco, I Was Born in Into a World, 2016

I was born into a world 
Before recycling was a thing, 
Before oil wars, 
When the biggest world 
Threat was nuclear. 

The only extinct thing 
Was the Dodo, 
We consumed and junked. 
Then we were told about 
Droughts, and disappearing 
About melting ice caps, 
And we fought Iraq 
For a second time, 
Like father like son, 
We needed our oil 
Because we didn’t want 
Those electric cars. 
At one time there were 
Huge monsters that 
Walked where we walk, 
Nature swallowed them easy. 
Or maybe you believe 
It all started with Adam and Eve, 

But they too were kicked 
From the garden 
As are we, 
With our poison beaches 
Run down towns 
And our atmosphere 
That kills. 
I write a poem 

And preach to the converted. 
We send out loud messages 
To ourselves, 
That our world is dying: 
1984, Blade Runner, 
Armageddon, The Road. 
I’ve yet to read a book, 
Or watch a film about a future 
I’d like to live in. 
Fortunately for me, 
I’ll die before the earth, 
But I’d like a place for my 
Computer chip self 
To click and beep 

In bright, clean happiness. 

Maura Dooley, Still Life with Sea Pinks and High Tide, 2016

Thrift grows tenacious at the tide’s reach.
What is that reach when the water
is rising, rising?

Our melting, shifting, liquid world won’t wait
for manifesto or mandate, each
warning a reckoning.

Ice in our gin or vodka chirrups and squeaks
dissolving in the hot, still air
of talking, talking.


Matthew Olzmann, Letter to Someone Living 50 Years from Now, 2017

It begins with,

"Most likely, you think we hated the elephant,

the golden toad, the thylacine and all variations

of whale harpooned or hacked into extinction..."

For entire poem


Lynna Odel, November, 2020

It begins with,

"If I can't save us

then let me feel you

happy and safe

under my chin..."

For entire poem

Camille T Dungy, A Massive Dying Off, 2011 

It begins with,

 “When the fish began their dying you didn’t worry

      you bought new shoes...”

For entire poem

Molly Fisk, Particulate Matter,2018 (about the CA wildfires)

 It begins with,

“If all you counted were tires on the cars left in driveways and stranded beside the roads…” 

For entire poem

Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility, edited by Rebecca Solnit & Thelma Young Lutunatabua, 2023. "Absolutely beautiful, absolutely necessary, and absolutely right!" (Bill McKibben)  "A powerful anthology of dispatches from the front lines of the struggle over the future of our planet, by some of the most important activist voices of our time."  (Amitav Ghosh).  Encouragement and practical suggestions are sorely needed to maintain hope these days, and this book provides them.

Stay Cool: Why Dark Comedy Matters in the Fight Against Climate Change, by Aaron Sachs, 2021.  The author contends that gallows humor can bolster us in this crisis, as it has throughout humanity's history of struggles and suffering.  It can cultivate endurance, persistence, and solidarity.  He "offers suggestions for how environmentalists can use dark comedy first to boost their own morale, and then to reframe their activism in more energizing and relatable ways." 

The Octopus in the Parking Garage: a Call for Climate Resilience, by Bob Verchick, 2023.  Photos of the 2016 incident in a Miami Beach condo went viral and struck the author as a "potent symbol of the disruptions that a changing climate has brought to our doorsteps."  He stressed the need to wake up and prepare, and that climate resilience "means not just bouncing back but bouncing back better ," allowing communities to learn, adapt, and thrive.

The Climate Book by Greta Thunberg, 2023.  Along with her "stories of demonstrating and uncovering greenwashing around the world," this book collects the knowledge of over one hundred experts on how to combat climate change.  Full of urgency yet hope.  "If a schoolchild's strike could ignite a global protest, what could we do collectively if we tried?  It has to be us, and it has to be now." 

Earth for All, a Survival Guide for Humanity, Sandrine Dixson-Decleve et al, 2022.  Inspired by the prophetic The Limits to Growth of 1972 and Doughnut Economics of 2020, this cutting edge "map to a better future" puts elimination of poverty and the social instability it creates front and center in the 5 critical turnarounds necessary for humanity's survival on the planet. "State-of-the-art computer modeling explores policies likely to deliver the most good for the majority of people."  Johan Rockstrom is one of the leading scientists and economists who co-authors.

Better Than New/Mejor Que Nuevo: A Recycle Tale, children's book by Robert Border, illustrated by Lake Buckley, 2022, made of sustainable materials. Two Chilean children rescue a sea lion from a plastic fishing net in the ocean, then recycle/repurpose the net into something "better than new".  A children's bilingual picture book with bright, appealing artwork that teaches care for the earth and positive action.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, young readers'edition, a memoir by William Kamkwamba with Brian Mealer, 2016. When a terrible drought devastated his family's crops in Malawi, William, with the help of science books in his village library, looked for a solution. "He came up with the idea that would change his family's life forever: he could build a windmill. Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, the electricity helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land."  Original book 2009, NETFLIX film 2019. 

The Broken Earth Trilogy, by N.K. Jemisin, 2015-17.  The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, and The Stone Sky made her the first author to win the Hugo Award for Best Novel in three consecutive years, as well as the first to win for all three novels in a trilogy. In 2021, she was included in the Time 100Time's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. "Jemisin's graceful prose and gritty setting provide the perfect backdrop for this fascinating tale of determined characters fighting to save a doomed world."

Science in the Capital Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson, 2015.  Another award-winning trilogy!  40 Signs of Rain, 50 Degrees Below, and 60 Days and Counting (of 2004-7) are now updated with the latest research and published in one volume, titled Green Earth. These "eco-thrillers" combine "cutting-edge science, international politics, and the real-life ramifications of climate change."  Fans of the Ministry for the Future, (see below) take note! Robinson says "these days we live in a big science fiction novel we are all writing together."

The Big Fix: Seven Practical Steps to Save Our Planet, by Hall Harvey and Justin Gillis, 2022. An accessible, inspiring how-to for concerned people to make the crucial switch from "green consumers" to "green citizens" in order to compel action on climate change.  Praised by Al Gore, Bill McKibben, and Elizabeth Kolbert, who calls it "smart, honest, and down-to-earth."

My Days of Dark Green Euphoria, by A.E. Copenhaver, 2022.  "Love, lies, and eco-anxiety--an irresistible satire about finding balance in a chaotic world." Winner of the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature, debut novel by a "science communicator and climate interpreter" from Bellevue.  As well as poking fun, it also confirms "how promising and inspiring a commitment to saving our planet can be.”  


Collapse,How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeedby Jared Diamond, 2005, 2nd ed. 2011. Pulitzer Prize-winning author looks at several societies in history (Easter Island, Greenland Norse) that collapsed, mostly as a result of misusing their natural resources.  It raises the urgent question, "How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide?" 


The World as We Knew It: Dispatches from a Changing Climateed. by Amy Brady and Tajja Isen, 2022. "Nineteen leading literary writers from around the globe offer timely, haunting first-person reflections on how climate change has altered their lives." The essays "grieve what we've already lost, honor what we still have, and prepare us for whatever may come next."  Gets a full 5 stars on Amazon.

We are the Middle of Forever: Indigenous Voices from Turtle Island on the Changing Earth, edited by Dahr Jamail and Stan Rushworth, 2022.  "Interviews with people from different North American Indigenous cultures who share their knowledge, experience, and dreams of maintaining the best relationship possible to all of life. A welcome antidote to the despair arising from the climate crisis, We Are the Middle of Forever brings to the forefront the perspectives of those who have long been attuned to climate change and will be an indispensable aid to those looking for new and different ideas and responses to the challenges we face."

The Atlas of Disappearing Places: Our Coasts and Oceans in the Climate Crisis, by Christina Conklin and Marina Psaros, 2021.  A guide to global warming's impacts on specific coastal communities around the world, illustrated with unique ink-and-dried-seaweed-technique maps. "A beautiful work of art and an indispensable resource to learn more about the devastating consequences of the climate crisis--as well as the possibilities for individual and collective action."

Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape, by Barry Lopez, 1986. Acclaimed National Book Award winner, now considered a classic of nature writing.  "Leads readers on a journey of the mind and heart into a place that grips the imagination and invigorates the soul." I recently heard a webinar panelist declare that this book changed his career path from corporate law to environmental policy! 

Erosion: Essays of Undoing, by Terry Tempest Williams, 2019.  A beloved writer and environmentalist, "her fierce, spirited and magnificent essays are a howl in the desert" as she sees democracy, support for public lands, and the environment eroding. See her poem below, which accompanies The Council of Pronghorns in the installation section.

Gun Island by Amitav Ghosh, 2021.  Combining action-adventure, Bengali folklore, climate change, refugees, and endangered species, written with the author's usual "exuberant style and extraordinary linguistic facility. This important novel is an account of our current world, the one few writers have had the courage to face."(Annie Proulx)

The Drowned World by JG Ballard, 1962. Prescient science fiction set in the year 2145, in which global warming has melted the polar ice caps and abandoned cities are overrun with Triassic-era jungles.  "Both a thrilling adventure and haunting examination of the effects of environmental collapse on the human mind."

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr, 2021. A novel set between 15th c. Constantinople, Idaho in 2020, and space some time in the future. He says “The world we’re handing our kids brims with challenges: climate instability, pandemics, disinformation. I wanted this novel to reflect those anxieties but also offer meaningful hope.”  Now that I've had the pleasure of reading it, I want to emphasize my recommendation---read this book!   It's a wonderful story by an amazing storyteller.

The Carbon Diaries: 2015, and Carbon Diaries: 2017 by Saci Lloyd, 2009 and 2010. Young adult novels. 

Laura, a student in London, keeps a diary as the UK imposes carbon rationing after weather-related disasters. She attempts to stay grounded as the stresses of rationing and extreme weather tear at the social fabric of her world.


The MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood, (Oryx and Crake 2003, The Year of the Flood, 2009, MaddAddam, 2013).  (Being adapted into a TV series by HULU).  A "bio punk" post-apocalyptic world that "shows us how a new world can come from something which seemed always destined to break."  The conclusion points towards the ultimate endurance of community and love.

Overstory by Richard Powers, 2018.  Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about humans and trees and their deep connections.  Magnificent writing and powerful eco-advocacy.  

The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson, 2020. An amazing “what-if” mapping out a possible (mostly) positive scenario for the next 50 years.  Chock full of great solution ideas, could it be a blueprint for real-life world leaders today?

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, 1993. Considered one of the first climate novels, a forerunner in treating climate change and social inequality.

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, 2019. (non-fiction) Essays intricately interweaving botany, personal experience, and indigenous wisdom.  A truly outstanding book.

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