She says we have stolen our children’s childhoods and their dreams.
Their future projected on smaller screens where there are now
large blank spaces
that once were filled with species which used to color the world.
The world reduced to memories of what we used to love
And enlarged by what we need to learn: how to survive the heat,
how to live without oceans and their coasts,
how to move entire cities to higher ground,
how to grow food without water,
how to breathe without air.
By Mary Dudley, 1943 – 2023, from “Civilization in Crisis,” edited by White and Wilder