A Poem: “Friends Or Foes”


The UN report
on climate change
warns of widespread floods and fires,
food shortage and global famine.

“People need to burn fewer fossil fuels,”
says one of the authors.

That could spell trouble
for Alberta.

Its oil and gas industry
wants to move more crude to refineries,
build more pipelines,
allow for more tankers
in the northern Pacific coast.

Premier Kenney has already
promised to fight anyone
who criticizes the province’s energy sector.

That could spell trouble
for the United Nations.


(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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