Grace Cowley

I was one of the students screaming up and down the streets

Holding picket signs made out of the IPCC

Meanwhile professors made offhand comments for a better world straight from the 80s

An activist first, scientist second; I challenged those who were lecturing me

To teach something other than how the warming oceans, acidified reefs and rising seas

Were a catastrophic inevitability

Instead of the lecturing I thought it would bring

My questions and demands were met with tears and grief; a lifetime passion overwhelmed by political apathy

Science belongs in the halls of parliament.

Guy Frederick