Nuggets of planetary truth

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Oh! The horrid global warming
Life on earth is no more charming
All across, there’s climate change
Nature spewing forth, all its rage

Mother earth purveys, all our needs
Yet we fault it, with sordid deeds
Pristine resources, we put on line
To future we bequeath, none sanguine

Passion for non-renewables, a frontrunner
Concerns for future, on backburner
Resource overdraft is foolhardy
Putting the lives ahead, in jeopardy

Smothering trees, with senseless greed
Bothering hardly, for future need
Razing the forests, without rue
Can’t have the cake and, eat it too

Sky is the limit for corporate schemes
Earth can’t shore up, all those dreams
Technologies surged to a cutting edge
Yet, environmental issues we simply hedge

To overhaul ephemeral prosperity
We firewall the lifelines to posterity
Economy boom, nay, ecology doom
Future hustled into a quagmire of gloom

Materialistic world in a malefic race
Profaning resources, for an iconic place
Industrial metabolism, going astray
Planet’s physics, in flustered array

Greenhouse gases, knocking the skies
Planet’s fever, reaching new highs
Scars on earth are hard to hide
For, the laws of earth been set aside

Distant hills are hardly smooth
Climate change has unwrapped the truth
Grass on far side, no more green
Rising fever hath blown off the sheen

Land or ocean, mountain or air
Diversity of biota, all in despair
Affront on habitats, holding no bars
Forlorn earth been, molding as Mars

With rising fever, oceans sway
Crimson corals, blotching away
Melting snows been fleeting to shores
Polar bears onto, joining dinosaurs

Laid in stratosphere, the ozone layer
Stands aloft, as hallowed savior
Rived by noxious, emissions and sprays
Lets the sun emit, harmful rays

To judge the nature’s fury
We have, none to sit on jury
For, all of us stand in defense
Due utter lack of earthly sense

To mitigate issues, the earth been beset
Rev up actions, to restore its assets
Take no more than, what you can replenish
Conserve resources, for future to flourish

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Dr. Seshu is a former IRRI plant breeder (1976-93) and global coordinator, International Network fo Genetic  Evaluation of Rice (INGER). He is now a consultant, International Agricultural Research, Rockville, Maryland, USA.

Rice Today (April-June 2015)

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