I wrote this poem coming back from a gathering with bee scientists. My experience left me knowing that cross-disciplines need to work far closer together to bring the environmental changes we all wish to see. We need to dispel the myth of separation from the titles we give ourselves, or the sectors we work in.
We live in an opportunity to allow nature to lead us. From the other species and our own true intuitive nature, the feelings from our body. One connected with the living world. One where we all become scientists, where we observe and study the wild animals for solutions and feel into our own natural behaviour as humans. Not the domesticated versions we have created across the Earth.
My writing follows the format of a poem that I read every now and then by Oriah, The Invitation.
Don’t care and yet....
Don’t care if I am a banker, a healer or a scientist
Don’t care if I am stuck thinking my way is right
I want to know if I’ve inspired others to respect nature
If I can say sorry and acknowledge the past
If I can play my role in transforming control
Don’t care if I have 4 x 4 or a lithium mined electric car
Don't care to book a weekend break
I want to know if I've counted my emissions
If I have moved to reduce them
I'm aware of the supply chain from my purchases made
Don't care what restaurant I've have been too
Whether I am a vegan, a meat eater or a judger of choices
I want to know if I can grow my own veg
Bought local, organic, refilled and reduced plastic
That my product isn't from the other side of the world
Don't care about the latest gadget or my talking fridge
Don’t care if I'm keeping up with the Jones
I want to know if I am researching and discussing
My impact on the living world
And acting towards environmental restoration
Don’t care about climate change, the climate has always changed
Don't care if we have labelled it native or non native
I want to know if we can move back into balance
If we can work with the now, with everything now changed
So we can drink from the rivers & the wildlife is free
Don’t care what I think of this leader, this politician, this control freak
Don't care to blame others and to create my scapegoats
I want to know if I can see them as part of me
If I can keep focused on creating the new
Voice my dreams to the crowd, join those I believe
Don’t care about our children's exam results
What university they went to, what box they ticked
I want to know if we gave them the skills they need
If in 10 years time, that together we can smile
Knowing we really did turn it around
And for this I do care.