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Poem: "I Didn't Want to Know That"
This is the freebie for the June [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "anxiety" square in my 2-28-19 card for the Meet Ugly Bingo fest.

WARNING: This poem is nerve-wracking and features environmental mayhem.


"I Didn't Want to Know That"


Rising sea levels
kill coastal trees.

Dying trees raise
the risk of wildfires.

Wildfires damage crops
hundreds of kilometers away.

Global warming hits sea creatures
harder than it does land animals.

All of the large animals in the Sahara Desert
are extinct or headed in that direction.

Populations of wildflowers, insects,
birds, and amphibians are all collapsing.

Co-extinction causes dependent species
to die out after their supporters disappear.

I didn't want to know that the Earth
is dying one piece at a time.

I didn't want to know that, but
now that I do, I can fight it.

* * *

Notes:

How Rising Seas Are Killing Southern U.S. Woodlands

66 Million Dead Trees In California Increases Wildfire Risk

Pollutants from wildfires affect crop and vegetation growth hundreds of kilometers from impact zone

Global warming hits sea creatures hardest

Domino effect of species extinctions also damages biodiversity

86 percent of big animals in the Sahara Desert are extinct or endangered

Cascading Collapses of Wildlife Populations

Here are some ways you can help the Earth. These won't solve the problems, as climate change is caused more by governments and corporations than private individuals, but you can at least minimize contributing to the problem.

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