Originally published for the UNSW Centre for Ideas »
As both an activist, environmentalist and a former politician, Bob Brown has a unique perspective on our environmental battles, successes and failures.
There was no shortage of pulling at the heartstrings as he presented the 'Jack Beale Lecture: The Battle for the Environment' at UNSW Sydney for Sydney Science Festival.
Bob not only screens the cinematic short video, Mother Earth, by anthropologist Jane Goodall. he recites Dillinger's compelling an passionate poem, Hieroglyphic Stairway.
it’s 3:23 in the morning
and I’m awake
because my great great grandchildren
won’t let me sleep
my great great grandchildren
ask me in dreams
what did you do while the planet was plundered?
what did you do when the earth was unraveling?
surely you did something
when the seasons started failing?
as the mammals, reptiles, birds were all dying?
did you fill the streets with protest
when democracy was stolen?
what did you do