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what a waste

We throw away everything
We produce too much
We damage the earth 
We do ourselves a great harm 

A wasteful society we are
We use up and pollute
Sparing no thought for tomorrow

Earth is a bountiful place
It can meet our needs 
If we treat it well
The use but don't reuse mentality
Does everyone no good

The mountains of waste we produce
Are vast enough to have their own post code
An unsightly spectacle
That scars the planets face 

We forget that every supply chain
Has its limit
Our insatiable appetite for the new
The latest gadget
Or a coveted  hyped up upgrade
Far out paces our planets resources
Or our ability to make efficient use
Of these sort after short term objects

Economics rules the day
Ecology takes a back seat 
As we wantonly take from
An overworked mother nature 

The law of Supply and Demand 
States that one day
With galloping use 
The well will run dry
A day that draws ever close

Technologically advanced as we are
We use resources most inefficiently
New is better than recycled
Destruction is cheaper than conservation

Policies abound to offer some reprieve
They are watered down 
And thus offer limited scope for viable change
Our next generation will be  bequeathed
A planet on its knees 

Today's actions have lasting sometime
Irreversible reactions
We may find ourselves truly humbled
When the communal larder is bare 
A Malthusian implosion
But will we even care?

Use up all
That is our mantra
Controlling of nature is man’s silly goal
A Canute he wishes to be

Efficient use of resources is a must
Modern society does think
This is best for primitive man
Whose wants trail behind his needs
Consumption and Wastefulness
Are the useless badges
Of our advanced society

Man’s needs are many
But must be tamed
No need to be a tree hugger to comprehend
The dire straits we are in

Is our end nigh?
Wiped out by flood once we
Will one day go up in flames
Global warming it seems is not
Just a scholarly debate

When will we heed the warning?
When will we use less?
When will we recycle more?
No one knows 

The earth is resilient
I am sure it will definitely bounce back
We all must do our bit
If we wish to continue
To inhabit this place

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