Talking Climate Change Blues by David Lindsay

 © 2016

1)  Have you heard of,  Bill McKibben    /  not trying to be funny and I ain’t kidding.

This fellow got steamed, under the collar  /  when he noticed the planet getting hotter and hotter

He noticed some problems, heard solutions  /  Many scientists said it was carbon pollution

It wasn’t just about,   how a few people felt  / Al Gore showed films of glacier melt

The Antarctic loses ice, and the Arctic, forsooth  / An inconvenient pointer to the scientists truth.

Hurricane Sandy,     with a rising sea    / flooded New York, and New Jersey.

Chorus) The folks at Businessweek Saw, the damage was horrid

                                     /They put on their cover, It’s Climate Change Stupid

Wake up, my friends, cataclysms are forming

                                   / Our world is threatened by Global  Warming!

2) McKibben likes to quiz, eany meany miney moe/What do you think are the numbers to know

Three hundred and fifty, and four hundred/ these are the numbers the scientists thundered.

I asked a young man,  selling solar panels / he looks blank, smiles like a camel

We need to know, these numbers says McKibben  / or we’ll be faced with Armageddon.

Parts per million, is the technical print   / Greenhouse gases is another hint.

All around the world,   the oceans are  rising  / while the coral reefs are slowly dying. (from acidification)

Chorus) The folks at Businessweek Saw, the damage was horrid

                                     /They put on their cover, It’s Climate Change Stupid

Wake up, my friends, cataclysms are forming

                                  / Our world is threatened by Global  Warming!

3)    Remember when Katrina, hit New Orleans?  / People died, many drowned, the  hoods all cleaned.

We thought it was big, then Sandy and Haiyun  (Haiyan)  / bigger droughts and fires, hurricanes and taifun

Hurricane Sandi,  in New York City  / the water hit the subway and it wasn’t pretty.

My friends lost their house, the neighbors too  /    60 billion dollars went up the flue.

But we ain’t see nothing, like Tacloban  / a Philippine city blown down to the ground, and then drowned.

For New Orleans, our military froze, / for Tacloban, our military rose.

Their Heroes. — Al-le-lue Ya-hoo  /  Forty nations came to their rescue.

Chorus) The folks at Businessweek Saw, the damage was horrid

                                     /They put on their cover, It’s Climate Change Stupid

Wake up, my friends, cataclysms are forming

                                  / Our world is threatened by Global  Warming!

4) We’re hoping James Lovelock, got it all wrong / and we’ll be here centuries with dance & song.

Three hundred and fifty,   parts per mill,   /  The Scientists think is sustainable

Who are these scientists, sounding so strange /just the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Two hundred seventy-five, normal for long time, /Till we burned coal and oil, and spewed out the grime.

Four hundred parts per mil now, we are courting disaster, /Today, tomorrow,  and in the hereafter.

Doomsday approaches, but you can relax, /if you work real hard and pass a carbon tax.

And a methane tax,  and sell it to the Chinese.  /     Oh yeah, the Chinese!

In Beijing the air is, thick as molasses /While the kids are getting sick from the greenhouse gases

So start walking, or riding your bike, /cut your carbon footprint, and we’ll be all right,

Hopefully,    If it’s not too late./ And all the greenhouse gases we deflate.

And reduce our numbers, duck and roll  /  With a Marshall Plan for population control.   If not,

The lucky ones, will make to the morgue  /  It is time to check out Three Fifty dot org.

Chorus) The folks at Businessweek Saw, the damage was horrid

                                     /They put on their cover, It’s Climate Change Stupid

Wake up, my friends, cataclysms are forming

                                     / Our world is threatened by Global  Warming!

 

Talking Climate Change Blues © 2016 can be found at David’s blog #1, InconvenientNews.wordpress.com,  and with guitar on Youtube.

 

 

 

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