Mar 06, 2013 - 4:00pm
John Connor was asked to participate in a panel “Is Sustainability a four letter word?” for the Green Cities 2013 Challenge Conference – he thought of many four letter words and one of them was poem, here it is...
If Sustainability is a Four Letter Word – it can be Poem
If sustainability is a four letter word
It mustn’t be cant or faff or spin
It should be bold
It can’t be thin
We need lives that focus on the good and just
But that don’t pretend we can be just good
For risk and lust, well they are a must
But too much of each, or both
- we bust!
Like freedom and equality
It’s a word best not left alone in the dark
For others there lurk, keen to make their mark
This has made action too slow and we are pushing our luck
While many around us, don’t give a …..suck??!
Now time is a tick-ing
and for us it could stop
While many are still look-ing
for bling at the shop
But the word is not as important as the deed
So it’s time for all of us to lead
And while it is vital we don’t get too dour
The word must a wake
As now is the hour
John Connor was CEO of The Climate Institute from 2007 to March 2017. Whilst qualified as a lawyer, John has spent over twenty years working in a variety of policy and advocacy roles with organisations including World Vision, Make Poverty History, the Australian Conservation Foundation and the NSW Nature Conservation Council. Since joining The Climate Institute in 2007 John has been a leading analyst and commentator on the rollercoaster that has been Australia’s domestic and international carbon policy and overseen the Institute’s additional focus on institutional investors and climate risk. John has also worked on numerous government and business advisory panels.