2023, Junior, Poetry & Spoken Word
Climate Hero: William "Bill" Ernest McKibben, 350.org and Third Act
Poetry and spoken word have been passions of mine since a young age. I am interested in the arts because they allow for creativity and self-expression while voicing opinions about topics that matter to me such, as climate change. For my climate hero, I chose Bill McKibben, who is considered to be one of the greatest climate activist authors of all time. This piece is more abstract in its approach to addressing my climate hero, starting in a way that addresses him while presenting views about climate change and the destruction being caused by humanity. It shows how we are all at fault, and how each of us have had a role to play in the disasters that face our earth today. The format is unique, swelling more in some areas than others, as waves would. Interestingly enough, while writing this piece, I was listening to the sounds of the ocean in order to create a background "heartbeat" or rhythm to the poem. (Tip: try reading the piece against a background of wave sounds to gain the full experience.) I have learned so much from writing this piece and from reading many of Bill McKibben's books. He is an inspiring author with a unique take on climate change and our global situation: "Climate change is the single biggest thing that humans have ever done on this planet. The one thing that needs to be bigger is our movement to stop it." I encourage all of those viewing this piece to explore more of his writing because I have found it to be enlightening and inspiring.