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If you don’t leave crude oil in the soil Coal in the hole and tar sands in the land I will confront and denounce you PDF Print E-mail
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Posted by Joan Russow
Saturday, 21 December 2013 16:47
(a poem by Nnimmo Bassey)
 
 
From the 2010 Cochabamba Conference - Speech by Nnimmo Bassey at the Opening Ceremony of the conference

Nnimmo Bassey represented Friends of the Earth and Africa at the Conference. After his opening remarks he recited the following poem. I will not dance to your beat (a poem by Nnimmo Bassey)
 

I will not dance to your beat 



I will not dance to your beat 
If you call plantations forests
I will not sing with you 
If you privatise my water
I will confront you with my fists
If climate change means death to me but business to you
I will expose your evil greed 
If you don’t leave crude oil in the soil
Coal in the hole and tar sands in the land
I will confront and denounce you 
If you insist on carbon offsetting and other do-nothing false solutions
I will make you see red
If you keep talking of REDD and push forest communities away from their land
I will drag you to the Climate Tribunal  
If you pile up ecological debt
& refuse to pay your climate debt
I will make you drink your own medicine  
If you endorse genetically modified crops
And throw dust into the skies to mask the sun
I will not dance to your beat
Unless we walk the sustainable path
And accept real solutions & respect Mother Earth
Unless you do
I will not & 
We will not dance to your beat

- Cochabamba/Tiquipaya
20 April 2010
Read at the opening ceremony of the World Peoples Climate Conference Summit

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Last Updated on Saturday, 21 December 2013 18:10
 

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