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    Actress and former Miss Asia Pacific Dia Mirza wrote this poem to mark the Earth Day

    Earth Day sounds a lot like Birthday
    The man that thought of this name
    Urged that Earth and Birth connote life
    Nurturing and existence
    A celebration of the only planet that provides.

    His name was Dennis Hayes
    He wanted all humans to embrace
    The truth that we are all connected
    That this place we call home
    Must be protected.

    He called upon each one of us to make this a matter
    That united us.
    A day marked to bring people together
    No matter what caste, creed or colour.

    “The largest secular holiday in the world”.

    And why do we need this day, you may ask?
    Because our home is threatened by devastating loss
    A loss, of consciousness to such a degree
    That climate is changing drastically.
    Our earth is being ravaged to feed endless greed.

    Humans need to recognise
    The autonomy of sentient rivers, oceans, forests, wildlife
    And how they harmonise our lives
    And bring to us health that outweighs any currency
    And so we must honour, Nature’s democracy.

    Consumerism at any cost
    Punctures the earth’s atmosphere
    And chars our lungs
    With poisonous fumes emanating from waste
    We must now act with mindful haste.

    So, what can I do you ask?
    Refuse, things that you know
    Are toxic, non-biodegradable
    All that plastic that we use and throw
    Without caring where it will go.

    Remember every item we buy
    Will find itself a landfill, a toxic pile
    That will pollute our land, our water
    Or our air
    Be conscientious, be fair, be the earth warrior who cares.

    Reuse, recycle, up cycle, with pride
    Simplify needs, declutter life
    Question excess,
    Make responsible living a creed
    To this we must pay heed.

    Demand clean energy
    Ask companies to be responsible
    For the resources they consume and abuse
    Because sustaining this planet for all life
    Should be our collective duty, our urgent goal.

    Just as our birthday celebrates
    The blessing of life
    Let this Earth Day be a reminder
    That the only way we will survive
    Is if this planet thrives.

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