Earth Day Poems

Planet earth in children's hands

Poems about Earth Day can inspire people to consider the health of the planet. Used in a presentation, as part of speech, or in printed Earth Day materials, the right poem has the ability to touch an audience's heart and bring about positive changes in the way people treat the world around them.

Thoughtful Earth Day Poetry

The following poems are designed to help people think of what might happen to the planet if pollution and mismanagement of the earth's resources are left unchecked.

Mother Earth's Gifts

By Kelly Roper

Mother Earth gives her gifts for all to share,
She gives them freely, yet she's still aware,
That things are changing, perhaps for the worse.
How much more can she give if our future is cursed?

It's way past time to put Mother Earth first,
To clean up the water before we all thirst,
To clean up the air before our lungs sicken,
To renew the soil and feel it quicken.

How long until the point of no return?
How much longer until we all finally learn,
That to this task we all must rise.
And stop abusing Mother Earth before she dies.

Thankful

Thankful child

By Kelly Roper

These are the things I'm thankful for...

The sweet smell of flowers in springtime,
Beautiful clear blue skies above me,
The feeling of damp grass beneath my bare feet,
The sound of a free running stream,
The warmth of the sun on my cheeks,
The site of a field filled with corn,
The sound of birds singing in the trees,
The taste of fresh picked raspberries,
Crisp, clear autumn mornings,
The sound of leaves crunching beneath my feet,
The site of pumpkins growing in a field,
The first chill of winter in the air,
The site of snowflakes frolicking on the breeze,
Watching children skate on a frozen pond,
And seeing the first robins of spring.

I hope that future generations will still have these things to be thankful for.

Haiku for a Troubled Earth

By Kelly Roper

The earth is alive,
But she's struggling to breathe,
Please help her survive.

Paradise or...?

By Kelly Roper

Paradise or paradise lost?
Your effort is what it will cost
To keep our precious earth clean
By living a lifestyle that's green.

We cannot go on as we are
Leaving scar after scar
Upon this beautiful planet
Which so many take for granted.

The time to take action is now,
To restore what's been damaged somehow.
We stand on the brink of "too late,"
But there's still time to change our fate.

Poems Which Encourage Positive Action

Taking a positive approach and suggesting steps people can take to begin lessening their impact on the environment can also inspire everyone to make meaningful changes in the way they live. As one poem says, "It's your earth," so find ways to save it.

Everyday Is Earth Day

By Kelly Roper

Every day is earth day,
Or at least it should be.
We should take steps every day
to save our planet, don't you agree?

Try walking when it's practical,
And skip driving a car.
It will help cut down emissions
And raise air quality by far.

Reuse, renew, recycle,
Think of how much you throw away.
Our earth can only hold so much trash,
One day there'll be the devil to pay.

And when it comes to littering,
It's not enough to clean up after yourself.
Leave places better than you find them,
And pick up litter left by someone else.

Don't spray your garden with pesticides,
Protect the birds and the bees.
Choose natural ways of deterring pests,
That won't carry poisons in the breeze.

These are easy things we all can do,
To protect the earth for future generations.
If we continue to ignore all the warning signs,
We'll face sad and irreversible ramifications.

Teach Your Children

Little boy with mother holding seedling

By Kelly Roper

Teach your children to appreciate the planet.
Bring home a seedling and help them plant it.

Teach your children to conserve the trees.
Going paperless these days is a breeze.

Teach your children to respect the earth.
Recycle throw-aways into something of worth.

Teach your children to care for God's creatures.
Set up a birdbath, a feeder, and other features.

Teach your children we're in this together.
We must try to help our planet last forever.

It's Your Earth

By Kelly Roper

It's your earth.
Will you neglect it,
Or nurture it?
Will you tend it,
Or squander it away?
The choice is yours,
But if you're going
To make a stand,
You'd better start today.

In Celebration of Earth Day

By Kelly Roper

In celebration of Earth Day,
Why not plant a tree?
It will produce fresh air,
And be a joy for all to see.

In celebration of Earth Day,
Go and visit a local park.
Get back in touch with nature,
Its sites and sounds in light and dark.

In celebration of Earth Day
Try to be more aware,
Of how your actions affect this world
And devote yourself to its care.

Environmental Awareness Through Poetry

Earth Day is just one day a year, but the environment faces challenges every day. While rallies and other events offer a larger platform for raising awareness, there are many things everyone can do to help the environment all year long. No step is too small to help to protect the earth, so take these poems to heart and spread the word.

Earth Day Poems