Think Globally, Act Locally; Goal 12
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Note: This January, we were tasked as a class to pick a UN Sustainable Goal, in order to Think Globally and Act Locally. We chose Sustainable goal #12, Sustainable Consumption and Production.
These are our reflections.
The last drop of water
Slowly swishing side to side
As the truck empties the waste
Filling up the land’s empty space
A bottle, swept out of existence
Discarded, abandoned, dropping away
In silence and loneliness lying
Trash is discarded - yet is this all that remains in the end?
Time spent drifting in silence, doubt,
Then - intrusion, movement
Swept away in collection, where - unknown
A trip follows, for a time
Waves, crashing like thunder
In the deep, light flickers and fades
A life comes close -
And flickers out, caught in a dark embrace
Another, then more, following
Can we not spare a moment for our waste?
Buoyancy catches the water
Movement upwards begins
Time, and then, the surface is broken
Floating, weightless, drifting on the tides
Is this all that we can do in the face of our work?
Vast machinery catches, in steel jaws,
And pulls away, carrying inside, countless comrades
Caught and abandoned, arriving at a vast grave.
Piled, now once more forgotten, quiet
Years pass, distant and abstract
A fire passes through, gifting injury to insult
Then, one day, something new
A different machine, tall and wide,
Grasping with steel claws
Up and away, carried by beasts of metal
A new place, after so much time
Light flares, burning like the sun
Form is lost, function, departed
Liquid is left, as was once before
Reborn anew by cleansing fire
Repackaged, restored, reforged
Shipped over land and sea,
Purchased once more
Then, thirsting hands grip, pulling, uncapping
Liquid departs, flowing in abandon
The last drop
Once more, thrown out of sight and mind
Can we, industrious as we are, not fix this problem?