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Dia Mirza pens down a thought provoking poem on World Earth Day
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Dia Mirza penned a thought provoking poem on the occasion of World Earth Day

Earth Day sounds a lot like Birthday The man that thought of this name Urged that Earth and Birth connote life Nurturing and existence A celebration of the only planet that provides.

His name was Dennis Hayes He wanted all humans to embrace The truth that we are all connected That this place we call home Must be protected.

He called upon each one of us to make this a matter That united us. A day marked to bring people together No matter what caste, creed or colour. "The largest secular holiday in the world".

And why do we need this day, you may ask? Because our home is threatened by devastating loss A loss, of consciousness to such a degree That climate is changing drastically. Our earth is being ravaged to feed endless greed.

Humans need to recognise The autonomy of sentient rivers, oceans, forests, wildlife And how they harmonise our lives And bring to us health that outweighs any currency And so we must honour, Nature's democracy.

Consumerism at any cost Punctures the earth's atmosphere And chars our lungs With poisonous fumes emanating from waste We must now act with mindful haste.

So, what can I do you ask? Refuse, things that you know Are toxic, non-biodegradable All that plastic that we use and throw Without caring where it will go.

Remember every item we buy Will find itself a landfill, a toxic pile That will pollute our land, our water Or our air Be conscientious, be fair, be the earth warrior who cares.

Reuse, recycle, up cycle, with pride Simplify needs, declutter life Question excess, Make responsible living a creed To this we must pay heed.

Demand clean energy Ask companies to be responsible For the resources they consume and abuse Because sustaining this planet for all life Should be our collective duty, our urgent goal.

Just as our birthday celebrates The blessing of life Let this Earth Day be a reminder That the only way we will survive Is if this planet thrives.

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