The following piece was written and presented at the Congress by Ms. Ife Piankhi, Student Representative (copyright Ife Piankhi 2009) "Solution to the Problem" I am a tree hugger Hugging is what I do I am a tree lover Loving is what I do I am a tree hugger Hugging is what I do For the healing of the nation, Hug a tree or two. Where to begin and what to say There are so many problems in the world today But how can we heal the world that lies, inside all of our crippled minds Because that's what they are Convergent, unable to be divergent Many a time, we've all heard it before Who cares about climate change? As long as my plate is packed I'm alright Jack Who care if governments and corporations cut down all the trees, Pollute the rivers and seas? I need the gas for my car To get me around Kampala! I'm a tree hugger Hugging is what I do I am a tree lover Loving is what I do I am a tree hugger Hugging is what I do For the healing of the nation Hug a tree or two Now don't bury your head in the sand Or get defensive because the truth is offensive Just take the time to prime the mind To think about the consequences No trees. Polluted rivers and seas. We can already see the consequences for humanity It's the trees that allow us to breathe And the planet that fees Prophesies of old foretold these earth changes The rising seas, but also the spiritual awakening of humanity Co-operation not competition Sustainability not over-consumption Love not hate await the next generation I'm a tree hugger Hugging what I do I'm a tree lover Loving is what I do I am a tree hugger Hugging is what I do For the healing of the nation Hug a tree or two.
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