Earth Rise – Verse 1
Earth Rises like a blue balloon.
As Apollo orbited the moon.
Seen from space, Earth is a surprise.
Humankind starts to realise
Our “Goldilocks” location’s quite ideal,
We round the sun just like a wheel
No nice neighbours, the only home around.
There’s no other ideal planet to be found.
(Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm,x2 **************x2)
Around that time in Africa, a teacher Wangari
Planned an emerald belt of trees to stretch from sea to sea.
A little bit of action cures a lot of gloom.
She asked her friends to help, they made the desert bloom.
They grew the trees from seed, they liked to watch them grow.
Bit by bit they anchored soil and slowed the rivers’ flow.
Now instead of hungry cries their land had bees and butterflies
After thirty million trees she won a Nobel Prize!
Grow your share of fresh air –
Show Mother Earth you care!
Find a spot, Dig a hole –
Now we’re on a roll!
Plant a tree, 1,2,Tree –
It’s easy as can be!
Like Apollo 8 we’re on a mission, ours is easy;
1, 2, skip a few… a trillion, Easy Treesie
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Felix aged nine doing homework for school
Read about Kenya, thought that teacher cool.
Thought he’d copy her and soon had a team
Of children round the world now we’ve built a head of steam.
Our million German trees mop the floods,
Our Mexican forests fix carbon in mud.
Our tree machines pull carbon from air
Locking it in trunks doing the repair!
Earth Rise, inspires to rise to the occasion
Earth Rise calls time for our Co-operation
Stop talking, Start planting, Stop waiting, Start acting –
Earth’s our common home, we can’t do this alone!
We use ten times the carbon here than is our own fair share
Till we find another Planet Earth we can’t play truth or dare.
Sea levels they are rising and it’s getting rather hot
But we kids are planting trees now wherever there’s a spot.
We asked the German children can they tell us how it’s done.
They sent a team from England now we see it’s rather fun.
It’s our turn now to show you all we cannot say it’s hard
We plant them before breakfast in our school behind the yard
Pope Francis sent a message and he made it very clear
“We stand for justice and equality, not poverty, d’you hear?”
Just like the Saint he likes all creatures great and small
“Let’s mind our brothers from the short ones to the tall”
Start doing something those who are wealthy and strong
The future’s looking brighter now we all get along
Poorer countries need a hand they’re not to blame
They’re just misfortunate, we’re all the same.
So the peoples of the world sat at United Nations’ table
Asked how will we keep our climate stable?
We made a list, we checked it twice
We all know how to be naughty or nice
How to be good? Google Global Goals
We all want our climate kept under some control
They’re little steps, it’s easy treesie,
Take some action and you’ll sleep easy
To sum them up it’s the Golden Rule
Love your neighbour so we stay cool
It isn’t rocket science
We need some self- reliance
Fifty years ago, the Earth shone like a blue balloon
When on Christmas Eve Apollo took a selfie from the moon
“Mother Earth needs help it is our job to act and now
Using up all earth’s resources we cannot allow.
It’s getting very breezy
The world needs trees, Really big and strong
Everybody plant a tree, We can’t go wrong
The leaves on the tree Turn from green to brown
From high up in the tree They fall down and down
Through the crab apple
The light shines dappled
We talk to folks
When I climb up the birch
I sing on my little perch
Come join us we’re planning
Trees are so enchanting
For the planet outstanding
You’ll start understanding
Forests can be everlasting
Help us plant a tree
It is key
We sing as we go.
Helps the fishes in the sea
You can’t Disagree
It helps we Guarantee
The children oversee
I sit on my little perch
Plant trees please
We plant a tree
So we can breathe
We plant a tree
And now we are free
Trees sway to and fro
In the wind watch them blow
Trees are good for the earth
Trees grow to a beautiful sight
Trees make shadows in the night
Bugs home in a hole
The apple seed grows into an apple tree
And the apple tree makes apples for you and me
We have them for lunch and the children go munch munch
Oh the apple tree makes you and me happy
Lots of trees for birds to nest and rest
For cleaner air
Let it grow tall and green
Birds in their nests agree
Bees in their hives agree
Plant trees yes please
Squirrels have a house So can a brown mouse
Amazon snakes and frogs Love to use a slippery log
Don’t clear them out, It makes the creatures scream and shout
Don’t cut them down when animals make a Treetown.
With marble seas and emerald lands we saw our planet with new eyes
Plant a tree
It’s as easy
As can be
Pope Francis wrote a letter
Asked us to protect our common home
We are fair to our neighbours,
We use our fair share
Justice for the poor
peace, release, desert increase
What she did was so very wise
Stop driving fossil cars start walking
It looks quite lonely
It dawned on us that It was time to sing a different tune.it was a nice surprise. Theres an awful lo TT of space around we saw we’re really very small
No sign of friendly neighbours oops we must learn to play ball.
On Christmas Eve Apollo took a selfie from the moon,
In 1968 Earth shone just like a blue balloon.
From a property perspective, Earth’s location’s quite ideal
Not too near or not too far we round the sun in a great wheel.
The only bit of space about where it looks nice to live
Many people talk about the challenges we have
weannoto the skies
Our lovely blue balloon is not a great size,
not too hot or cold just right..for us our
for a while we have to stay
another one is very far away
To avoid a constant monsoon
Us to rise as well
To rise to the occasion
And love our shining home of green and blue
shining in the darkness in the distance
It’s the only home we’ve got
Let’s care for it with all we’ve got
it’s quite the beauty spot
Maybe we forgot
Life is rare. Unusual. A gift. Magical. Precious.
We have responsibility for our home
We need to love it and be kind to it
Mind its thin membrane, its rich atmosphere
They’ve come from their Children’s Forest to show us how to plant
For- the-Planet Earth, so now we’re working like ants.
Viewed from dark and lonely space the earth was brightly shining
Over the moonscape it slowly started rising.
We wrote some poetry on our Culture Night – One Tree Planted – Patagonia – Fingal – Swords Woodland Association Event in 2022.
Our trees are being cut down, by the score
When in fact, we should be planting more
When they have gone, we can’t replace
The biodiversity, that’s found in that space
For our wellbeing, the trees play their part
They warm our soul, and they lift the heart
Giving food and shelter, in their canopy tops
Feeding the ground dwellers, it never stops
Even storing carbon, and filtering our air
Greedy developers, sure what do they care
Joni Mitchell, she got it right in her song
You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone
Many thanks to Cllr. Joe Newman for sharing this poem by Ken Duffy Swords Tidy Towns.
A hashtag I love; #treesontop