Scarce and irreplaceable?
232 of our rarest and most vulnerable,
Threatened, you say.
Protect ancient woodland at all cost!
All very well if it’s not your money,
That’s easy to say.
It’s not destroying,
Nor smashing by hordes.
But building a greener future.
Losing 108 woodlands,
A few ancient trees and some rare butterflies.
Can’t you see, we’re saving the majority?
Not a tool to fight climate change.
You don’t know what you’re talking about.
Highly complex ecosystems,
Cannot be undone.
Save us from techno-babble and hyperbole.
Net zero, that’s what we’re about.
Progress first, mop up after.
Trains not trees, we know best.
About the poem
I was inspired to write You People after following a vitriolic ‘debate’ on Twitter last year. The poem will be included alongside several others in my next book Tall Trees Short Stories Vol20 coming out in June.
About the photo: This is a pedunculate oak tree that I planted 28 years ago. Image captured with Panasonic GX7 with LUMIX G 42.5mm lens, 1/1250sec, f1.7, ISO125.
Photo Ⓒ Gabriel Hemery