By Carina Olivetti
Advocacy and activism can be expressed in myriad ways. Climate activism can be seen in artistic formats like poetry and painting or by non-doing in the form of boycotting. As August temperatures rise it might be a perfect time to wield a pen or paintbrush to communicate your concerns/insights about climate change, the plastic crisis, or any other equally important issue.
Below is a poem written by Jane Hirshfield called Let Them Not Say:
Let Them Not Say
Let them not say: we did not see it.
Let them not say: we did not hear it.
Let them not say: they did not taste it.
We ate, we trembled.
Let them not say: it was not spoken, not written.
we witnessed with voices and hands.
Let them not say: they did nothing.
We did not-enough.
Let them say, as they must say something:
A kerosene beauty.
Let them say we warmed ourselves by it,
read by its light, praised,
and it burned.
Credit Copyright © 2017 by Jane Hirshfield. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on January 20, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.