Earth Day is celebrated on April 20.

(To tune of the 1890s popular song, “The Sidewalks of New York,” aka “East Side, West Side,” by Charles B. Lawlor and James W. Blake”)

Earth Day, Earth Day
All around the sphere
Are cars emitting carbon
Up into the atmosphere

Feel the changing weather
O’er hill and river and town
The temperatures are rising
Acid rain is falling down

Earth Day, Earth Day
Celebrate, even while
A nuclear reactor
Might irradiate your smile

Energy makes millions
Water we’ll soon have to boil
And if this madness continues
We might all be drinking oil

Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
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This post was inspired by the recent story out of China of thousands of pig carcasses dumped into the Huangpu River that is a major source of Shanghai’s drinking water.  The dumping was the result of lower pork prices that made it too expensive for the pig farmers to feed the pigs.  The story is all too familiar: greed for profit and expediency trump common sense and concern for the welfare of others. 

(To tune of, “Love on the Rocks,” by Neil Diamond and Gilbert Becaud from the 1980 movie “The Jazz Singer.”)

Pig on the rocks
Pour me a drink
It packs a jolt
Bacteria’s stink
That’s what you get
When you let,
Business alone

Huangpu’s the pond
Where pigs made a splash
Shanghai’s not fond
Of pig farmer’s trash
Drink if you dare
The farmers don’t care
Where it flows

They’ll get you to buy it
How they’ll justify it?
“Got to keep the profit high
Of jobs go on the skids.”
And if some group hollers,
Quiet them with dollars,
Ever think what kind of world
We’re leaving to our kids?

Pig on the rocks,
What’s to prevent?
When lobbyists buy,
The whole government
Big business too big
And we’re drinking pig
On the rocks.

Lyric © 2013 by Robert S. Steinberg, Esquire
All rights reserved