Poem - "Climate Change"
By Bruce Barbour with assistance of ChatGPT - February 2023
The genesis of this poem is that I was playing around with ChatGPT on 19 February 2023 asking it a few questions on the solutions to climate change. I wanted to see whether it could come up with anything different or new. It didn't but still it gave a reasonable coverage.
As part of that "discussion" I requested that it come up with a poem about acting to fix climate change. What it came back with I thought was quite good. You can judge for yourself whether that is correct or not by reading the poem. However there was one line that didn't quite work so I rewrote that one line. And I added another verse - guess which one.
The modified poem is provided below.
(You want a song instead? See below the poem.)
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The world is changing, can't you see?
Fossil fuels, let's shut them out,
Invest in green, reduce the waste,
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OK. You have got this far.
The poem seems to work alright as lyrics for a song to the tune of Greensleeves. Try it out if you like. There is a simple music file on the Wikipedia page - linked above. However it is only long enough for four verses. Other tunes may also work e.g. Gilligan's Island, Advance Australia Fair and probably others - but would need more work.
The poem may need a bit of tweaking to work 100% - to get the chorus and verse thing going. And it should be sung faster than the Greensleeves melody is normally played.
I have always said the climate change protests lack a good protest song. (I am certainly not suggesting that this poem/song is it!) All effective protest movements have good songs. The Vietnam war moratorium protests had a couple. Who can forget "1, 2, 3 what are we fighting for. Don't know, I don't give a damn, next stop is Viet Nam." etc.
A while back I did a search on YouTube for songs about climate change and the environment - here are the best I could find. A lot are old, and some aren't about climate change, rather general environmental issues.
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