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Peace by Bessie Rayner Parkes

The steadfast coursing of the stars,
The waves that ripple to the shore,
The vigorous trees which year by year
Spread upwards more and more;
The jewel forming in the mine,
The snow that falls so soft and light,
The rising and the setting sun,
The growing glooms of night;


All natural things both live and move
In natural peace that is their own;
Only in our disordered life
Almost is she unknown.
She is not rest, nor sleep, nor death;
Order and motion ever stand
To carry out her firm behests
As guards at her right hand


And something of her living force
Fashions the lips when Christians say
To Him Whose strength sustains the world,
'Give us Thy Peace, we pray!'


There is a subtle peace that comes upon observing nature. There's grandeur to observe around every corner in the world. 19th century English poet Bessie Rayner Parkes captures the peace that comes from enveloping oneself in nature. From "the snow that falls so soft and light," to "the waves that ripple to the shore," the peace that comes from being in the arms of Mother Nature is serene and calming. She notes that in this poem and reminds all of us to see the beauty in the everyday, just as the other poets here have done. Parkes shows us that "All natural things both live and move / In natural peace that is their own."


But what if her grandeur is slowly fading?
What if her beauty is vanishing?
And what if Mother Nature is dying?

According to a BBC News Article by Helen Briggs, Becky Dale and Nassos Stylianou entitled Nature's emergency: Where we are in five graphics,“The felling of forests, the plundering of seas and soils, and the pollution of air and water are together pushing the natural world to the brink.”  There are 5 major facts presented upon for our awareness. The first fact: The world's biodiversity is vanishing fast.Almost 100,000 species have been assessed so far for this inventory of endangered species. Of these, more than a quarter are threatened with extinction, ranging from Madagascar's lemurs to amphibians like frogs and salamanders, and plants such as conifers and orchids. Second: Among the biggest threats to wildlife are habitat loss, climate change and pollution.According to a recent study (Sean L. Maxwell, et. Al. Biodiversity: The ravages of guns, nets and bulldozers), while climate change is a growing threat, the main drivers of biodiversity decline continue to be the loss of natural habitat to farming for food, fuel and timber, and the overexploitation of plants and animals by humans through logging, hunting and fishing. Third: Animals and plants are disappearing and so is the land they rely upon for natural habitat.Fourth: Habitat conversion drives biodiversity loss. And the last: Some of the last great rainforests are being wiped out.


These facts pose a great threat to the environment and what’s inside them.


These facts prove that human beings, instead of being a good steward, greatly contribute to the destruction of nature.




Many ways can be done to turn this around, specifically: Cleaning up and Reducing Pollution and Saving Animals and their Habitats. These are just general terms for the specified little ways that we can contribute. What one person can do maybe small, but if that small thing is done by many people, it will make a great impact.


This is the time to help the thing that keeps us alive…
Before Mother Nature says “enough”…
Before it is too late for us…