Grandmothers Are Calling for All Daughters to Rise

Lisa Rafel is a poet and grandmother mobilizing women and girls to act.

Now is the Time

I’m angry about pollution but I don’t know what to do So I’ve decided I’m going to talk to you.

There are people who forget that nature must thrive. 
Those people don’t see what’s right before their eyes –
That our planet is polluted – it affects your life and mine.
What can we do? That is the question of our time.
That’s the question of our time.

Nature’s the source of our living will.
When we are born she’s in us in every cell.
She’s the force moving forward – She’s what keeps us alive –
She gives us our answers through the earth and the sky.
Pay attention to the earth and the sky!

When we forget
When we forget…

When we forget to be grateful,
We forget to be kind.
When we forget to be grateful,
We forget we’re alive.
We forget we’re alive.
We Forget!

This is our story – yours and mine,
And the story of our children’s children –
You and I, can we protect their lives?
That’s the question of our time.
Life is filled with choices. It’s for more than to just survive.

We’re creatures of hope, we strive to create,
To do something that matters before we reach our grave.
But to nature it’s simple.
It’s in Nature’s call – To Exist!
We exist. We exist for us all!

When we forget to be grateful, we forget to be kind
When we forget to be grateful, we forget to be kind
When we don’t use our voice, we forget we’re alive

If we forget and destroy – It affects all our lives.
It affects all our lives!

When we forget to be grateful, we forget to be kind
When we forget to be grateful, we forget to be kind
When we don’t use our voice, we forget we’re alive

If we forget and destroy – It affects all our lives.
It affects all our lives!

Let’s use our voice, don’t give up or deny
That this is the question of our time.
This is the question of our time!
Nature’s the heartbeat. Tell me – what do you see?
At stake is our children’s destiny.

Out of our will lies the future we birth.
The truth is around us – We’re in heaven on earth
The truth is around us – We’re in heaven on earth
The truth is inside us!

Don’t forget to be grateful – don’t forget to be kind
Don’t forget to be grateful – don’t forget to be kind
Don’t forget to be grateful – don’t forget to be kind
Don’t forget to be grateful – don’t forget to be kind
Now is the time. Now is the time. Don’t Forget.
Be grateful. Remember. Be kind.
Now is the time! Remember!

Don’t forget to be grateful – don’t forget to be kind
Don’t forget to be grateful – don’t forget to be kind
Now is the time. Now is the time.
Don’t forget to be grateful – don’t forget to be kind
Don’t forget to be grateful – don’t forget to be kind
Now is the time!