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The Promise
Ten years ago, environment time capsules were buried in England - at Kew Gardens in London and in Ness Gardens in the Wirral. This year, on June 12 and 13, some of the children who attended the original ceremony returned to pledge themselves again to try to make a better world by 2044 when the capsules will be dug up. They contain, among other things, poems by the children, one of which is reproduced here. Other time capsules have been buried around the world, including Mexico, Australia and South Africa. To find out more about the time capsule project, and to read more poems click here ... more

Endangered species
This is one of several poems sent to us by Del "Abe" Jones from Tenessee in the United States. ... more

In mangroves there is life
In 2001 children from 12 countries took part in an Art and Poetry contest organised by the Mangrove Action Project. The aim was to create awareness among children (in mangrove countries) about mangrove ecosystems and their protection. Over 4,500 children took part. Here, we publish with kind permission, two of the winning poems and pictures. ... more

Garhwali folk song
The following poem was sent to us by Rajiv Rawat in Boston, Massachusetts. It is a Garhwali women's folk song from the state of Uttaranchal in the Indian Himalayas. ... more

Images from Africa
The following four poems were sent to us by Mark Schulman, who wrote them while stationed in Senegal, Africa. ... more

More poems
We welcome readers' for this section of our website. And while our Poems site is being developed, you might also like to visit the excellent BBC Nature Poetry Collection. ... more

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