Meera Dasgupta

Stuyvesant High School, ‘21    “So many people have misconstrued and dismissed climate change as if it is not something that is valid for discussion. They refuse to see the long term consequences of their ignorance and turn a blind eye. Thus, it is up to the youth to teach others about the impact of their everyday decisions whilst trying to help them find better alternatives.”    Meera  is from Queens and lives with her mother and father. She is passionate about advocacy and credits her fellow youth as her source of inspiration to make change in the world. Aside from advocacy, she is also interested in spoken word and public speaking, and hopes to strengthen her skills in both fields. As a student, she plays an active role in her school, being a member of a wide range of clubs and programs. Although she would like to major in business in the future, she also hopes to publish a book of original poems and start her own not-for-profit organization.

Stuyvesant High School, ‘21

“So many people have misconstrued and dismissed climate change as if it is not something that is valid for discussion. They refuse to see the long term consequences of their ignorance and turn a blind eye. Thus, it is up to the youth to teach others about the impact of their everyday decisions whilst trying to help them find better alternatives.”

Meera is from Queens and lives with her mother and father. She is passionate about advocacy and credits her fellow youth as her source of inspiration to make change in the world. Aside from advocacy, she is also interested in spoken word and public speaking, and hopes to strengthen her skills in both fields. As a student, she plays an active role in her school, being a member of a wide range of clubs and programs. Although she would like to major in business in the future, she also hopes to publish a book of original poems and start her own not-for-profit organization.

Happily Ever After, the End

Once upon a time

I was 5 years old and I loved movies

It was a realm of possibilities

Where the imagination could run wild

I believed in magic

 

Once upon a time

I remember being elated

When my mom took me to the theatre

Eyes twinkling, smile bright

 

Once upon a time

The smell of popcorn wafting through the air

The movie Rio began to play

Where mystical, blue, feathered birds spoke

The impossible was possible

And the worst problem in the world

Was running out of M&Ms

 

Little did I know that Blue was dead

His species wiped out,

Life losing to greed

 

The magic wore off

The veil lifted

 

Wildfires crackling

Smoke darkening

Children asphyxiated by a cloud of debris

 

No more movies, only cable news

 

Take a breath in

Fire combusting in the lungs

Stop breathing

Feels like you’re drowning

 

Deterioration of society as

The red in our blood fills with lead

 

Perhaps that’s why we don’t seem to care anymore

When

Disease spreads across continents

Or when rivers run a sickly orange instead of blue

 

Finding Nemo is futile

He has already passed

Smothered with the spilled oil

Of a tanker

 

I feel the guilt of humanity

A burden on our shoulders

 

Turn on the faucet

Turn it off

Turn on the light

Turn it off

Don’t drive in your car when you could walk to the market

 

First degree murder

Factories spitting fumes into the sky (don’t you know smoking is bad for you?)

Second degree murder

Getting sucked into consumerism

Where green paper is worth more than lives

Third degree murder

Watching it happen

 

A world beaten and bruised by the elements

Millions displaced

Living things

Burning

Skinned alive

WON’T YOU JUST LET THE SPELL BE LIFTED?

 

Magic is gone

And speed dialing Cinderella’s fairy godmother won’t solve our problems

 

If climate change were a crime

We’d all be in jail

Our homes turned into prisons

Our actions, our jailers

 

Once upon a time

I believed that the world was perfect

But now, I know it’s not

And if we don’t take the time to pick

Up the broken pieces of what we

Shattered

There will be no more Happily Ever Afters

Ever

Again.