Following is a my tribute to the Copenhagen conference which as it stands isn’t going too well. This limerick was inspired by Radio National’s “Wonderful Copenhagen” competition (Fran Kelly did say she liked limericks!)
There once was a planet called Earth,
Then, 4.5 billion years after birth,
It evolved a new species,
From DNA pieces,
That polluted for all they were worth.
This continued ’til everyone felt,
The impact of artic-ice melt,
A global nightmare,
(Or full of hot-air?)
For many, disaster was spelt.
The science said 350 per mil,
Was the most CO2 we could spill,
If it grows any more,
We’ll see famine and war,
Our chances? Effectively nil.
Our last shot to counter stagnation:
A treaty to unite every nation!
We all tried to fight,
But it wasn’t done right,
Like a roll made with egg but not bacon.
The trouble was there from the start,
Wonderful Copenhagen was breaking apart,
Counting offsets, a subtraction:
A dangerous distraction,
Like methane from a cow’s fart.
This cautionary tale I now tell,
Whilst chiming our lonely death-knell,
The science was clear,
But it fell on deaf-ears,
Humanity was too hard a sell.