Last night I was extremely proud of my partner launching the Climate Innovation District in Leeds – an innovative urban city-scape to tackle climate change head-on. Listening to the speakers at the launch provoked many feelings as I reflected on how as a human population we are disengaged from our damaging impact on the planet. Watching the rush hour commute this morning, I realised how sick we are becoming and was inspired to write this observational poem. Hearing from experts on climate change makes me realise we have a duty to act to reverse the damage we are doing to the earth. We must all play our part in making changes to our lifestyle and behaviours to influence change. When we know (which we do) that the earth is dying we have to stop pretending there’s nothing we can do about it. I don’t want my generational legacy to be a toxic carbon footprint. We have to make honest choices about our lifestyle – how do we consume natural resources and how we can offset our own impact on the earth. Do we choose to engage in Black Friday Christmas consumerism? Do we need to drive by car, when we could walk or cycle somewhere? We are not stuck in our circumstances we can always find a way to change our patterns and our subsequent path, it just depends on what we prioritise. I’m not preaching (sorry if it comes across that way) I am not perfect, my choices are not always the right ones but hopefully, actions and example speak louder than words. It just so happens that my actions involve words! These are all daily decisions (many of which are conscious choices that have somehow become detached from) that we need to wake up to. My poem is called ‘Promised Land’ and I hope it demonstrates the fragile relationship between our human experience and the damaged planet, as well as the urgency with which we need to act. If it makes you feel uncomfortable it might influence change in some small way because awareness is the beginning of awakening and realisation. Heavy, but critical to contemplate for the health of this beautiful place called earth.