Clinging to mum as the ice begins to crack
And the land bobs out of view
It’s something like a Titanic disaster
But instead of people the victims cluck
Their feathery down not yet waterproofed
And so a death we wouldn’t wish on anyone
Will steal their babies from their wings.
There has been devestating news coming from Antarctica today as 10,000 emperor penguins have died because the ice caps are melting too soon. If the chicks haven’t grown their waterproof feathers by the time that ice breaks up, they literally drop into the water and drown.
Now, I’m a privileged person in the Western world so I have a car and I use electricity and so it could be viewed as being hypocritical to go on about global warming, but this is one of the things that has really woken me up to the problem. When creatures that never even see human beings are being affected in such a way, I think that we need to reconsider our behaviours.
It’s selfish, it’s just that I don’t know what the answer is. Do we all live in sheds with no light and hear until the government decides to take some action? I have no idea but I wish I did.