Canadian Made: We Can Save Our Planet

Looking for a great resource to share with others on how we can save the planet? After all, World Thinking Day is just around the corner, and this year’s theme is based on U.N. Millennium Development Goal 7: Ensuring environmental sustainability.

Well then, here’s a resource prepared by guest blogger Joyce Shanks: a poem and accompanying video! Joyce had some great help with the audio voices from her 9 year-old daughter and Girl Guide Ayla and her friend Kayla (although not a Girl Guide, Kayla jumped at the opportunity to do something for the planet!).

Joyce asked that we include the text version of the poem below, so it can be shared! What will you do to show others that we can save the planet?

We Can Save Our Planet
Written in honour of World Thinking Day 2012 for Girl Guides of Canada by Joyce Shanks.

There’s a planet called Earth
It is where we all live
Some call her our mother
Perhaps, since she seems only to give

The time has come for us now
To get busy with our hands
She’s in trouble our Mother
Her oceans, forests, wildlife and lands

Sadly she’s been polluted
Through years of abuse
Her resources tapped
There no time for one more excuse

We have brothers and sisters
Who live in poverty in our world
Their needs for water and food
Often remain un fulfilled

On the health of the environment
We should focus our work
For the love of people and planet
Our responsibilities we can no longer shirk

We need to pitch in
And lead by example
Put our knowledge to work
Talk alone is no longer ample

Reducing consumption
Is a great place to start
Buying less and reusing
We need to take it to heart

Quality products we should buy
When we shop for new things
By whom are they made?
And do the labels have warnings?

Recycling products is good
But it is nowhere enough
Close the loop by buying recycled
When you get some new stuff

The waters are rising
And the temperature too
It affects our coastlines
As well as the animals and food

Research and investment is needed
To make our energy sources cleaner
Once this is achieved
Our whole world can be greener

Some people believe
That we may be too late
To turn things around
I suppose they are right, if we wait

So let’s all join together
And take action NOW
Do everything that we can
Let’s make it our vow

With all that we do
Try to think of our Mother
Without her warm healthy embrace
There will be no other

We can save our planet
We must believe that we can
Environmental Sustainability
That must be the PLAN.

Guest blogger Joyce Shanks

Guest blogger Joyce Shanks

By guest blogger Joyce Shanks. Joyce is a certified holistic practitioner and President of eCause Canada Inc., whose mission is to provide simple, profitable, green fundraising for healthy profits and a healthy world. She can also be reached by email.  Looking for more by Joyce? Read her Green Camping and Green of Red, Orange, Yellow and Gold Leaves posts on our GirlGuidesCANblog.

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3 Responses to Canadian Made: We Can Save Our Planet

  1. Love this post. My girls joined Brownies this year and are so excited about attending their first Thinking Day event tonight.
    Stacey Gibbs, Waste Management Operations Assistant, Halton Region
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    • I was the author of this blog several years ago and I must confess that I am only just seeing your comment now. If I can assist you personally it would be my pleasure. I can be reached at 1-877-638-1678, or by email at I do know of some resources where you can find information and like-minded people. Please feel free to reach out if and when you get this message. Kind regards, Joyce Shanks

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