Monday, October 15, 2007

Earth Song

by Michael Jackson

"Earth Song" music video by Michael Jackson

What about sunrise
What about rain
What about all the things
That you said we were to gain

What about killing fields
Is there a time
What about all the things
That you said was yours and mine

Did you ever stop to notice
All the blood we've shed before
Did you ever stop to notice
The crying Earth the weeping shores?

What have we done to the world
Look what we've done
What about all the peace
That you pledge your only son

What about flowering fields
Is there a time
What about all the dreams
That you said was yours and mine

Did you ever stop to notice
All the children dead from war
Did you ever stop to notice
The crying Earth the weeping shores

I used to dream
I used to glance beyond the stars
Now I don't know where we are
Although I know we've drifted far

Hey, what about yesterday
What about the seas
The heavens are falling down
I can't even breathe

What about apathy
I need you
What about nature's worth
It's our planet's womb

What about animals
We've turned kingdoms to dust
What about elephants
Have we lost their trust

What about crying whales
We're ravaging the seas
What about forest trails
Burnt despite our pleas

What about the holy land
Torn apart by creed
What about the common man
Can't we set him free

What about children dying
Can't you hear them cry
Where did we go wrong
Someone tell me why

What about babies
What about the days
What about all their joy
What about the man

What about the crying man
What about Abraham
What about death again
Do we give a damn

Do you realise Earth is not in a very good shape at the moment? It has not been for awhile now and it's getting even worse with every passing second. While our neighbouring countries have taken steps in the right direction such as drastically reducing subsidies for petroleum products to help curb wasteful usage of this polluting and non-renewable energy, and introducing tax rebates to promote the use of green cars, we are still naive in protecting our oil and gas, and automobile industries.

How about purchasing hundreds or thousands of newspapers just to get a contest entry form that is no larger than a quarter of a page? How many trees have fallen just so you could increase your chance of winning? A student of mine just asked me very recently, do we have that many trees to print all that newspapers everyday? Of course thanks to recycling efforts, we can reduce the number of trees that end up as pulp but there's still the chemical used in the deinking process that is not exactly kind to the environment. So what do you do when you win the prize money? Any thoughts given to the environment you've ravaged just to participate in the contest? In the end, all of us are losers when we neglect the environment time and again.

Open burning is still a major issue in this part of the world, what with the Annual Indonesian Haze and all. The haze is even more consistent than the menstrual cycle. Without fail, it will pay a visit to its neighbouring countries the same time every year, choking the lungs of millions. My neighbours just love to start a nauseating bonfire every now and then. Instead of following in their footsteps, I choose to bury my garden waste instead.

There are many things we can do to improve the Earth's state of health. Walk, cycle or take public transport instead of starting up the car. Recycle and reuse, we already don't have enough land to go around for residential, industrial, commercial or recreational purposes, what more landfills. Discard harmful materials in the proper manner, lest the toxic materials come back to haunt us. Change your lightbulbs to more energy efficient ones and ensure the next time you purchase an electrical equipment, it is an energy efficient model.

These are just a few simple steps you can take to make a difference. There are many more things we can do to save the environment. So, what are you doing about the situation?


  1. keep on caring for the environment.
    the change begins with us.

    [looks like we chose the same song. hehe. michael inspired my post too.]

  2. i wanted to put up some documentaries instead but felt that more people would be able to connect to this song.

    not really a fan of the song (or the music video) but the lyrics are thought provoking.