My first word, everyone’s first word, was air.
As I said yesterday, I'm thinking about the world around us and the moral imperative to take care of it.
In England, University of Sheffield and poet Simon Armitage teamed up to create a poem billboard with a hi-tech coating of titanium dioxide, which uses sunlight and oxygen to eliminate pollution particles. Awesome, right? It only costs $168 to add the pollution-fighting layer to the billboard, which works for a year.
by Jackie Kay
We closed the borders, folks, we nailed it.
No trees, no plants, no immigrants.
No foreign nurses, no Doctors; we smashed it.
We took control of our affairs. No fresh air.
No birds, no bees, no HIV, no Poles, no pollen.
read the rest of it here.
A Mother on the West Virginia Line Considers the Public Health
by Julia Spicher Kasdorf:
...They drilled the gas pipeline on a weekend, didn’t go where the DEP said,
so it blew out in our crick—bentonite and “residual waste” clouding
clean water stocked with trout. That’s when I cried. That crick flows
into the Mon, and people get their drinking water out of that river...
“Alternate waste disposal on site” means they can bury radioactive
drill cuttings in your land. When they drained the frack pits,
they shook the tarp and bulldozed the sludge into the ground, too.
There’s places we mow now, but we don’t feed that hay to our horses.
read the rest here.
A smog-inspired poem from the point-of-view of lung cancer (written by a Chinese doctor): I Long to be King.
Air, Air Everywhere activity guide, grades 3-5
The Poem Farm has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Amy!