|The balance of the earth is created in our minds and held in our hands.|
"Humans have a profound gift, to understand, to create and to look after our world." A Lawrence
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WHO SPEAKS FOR THE DREAM?
Who speaks for the wild flowers, the rainforests?
Who speaks for the baboons, the tortoise and the butterfly?
Who speaks for the dolphins, the pansy shell, the coral reef?
Curled up alone under the darkness of the African sky
I hear the clarion call of the whales in the bay!
Though changes come so fast
We speak for the wild ones and for the rainforests,
Note: This poem tells of my own personal struggle to rediscover my voice and to speak out in the face of public criticism. It is used on the Khanyisa Environmental Education Programme to encourage students to overcome their fears and learn to respond with courage and integrity on issues that concern them. It was written on 9 September 1996 in preparation for the Launch of the Garden Route Trust.