Today a number of multicultural poets have been writing on environmental subjects in English. The English poet-laureate Ted Hughes who died in 1998 was a nature poet and became an environmentalist. He wrote some provocative poems like "Lobby Under the Carpet."Hughes articulates his deep concern for conservation of the species from total extinction. He satirically wrote in "The Black Rhino":Every second there is less and less of him/By the time he reaches you nothing will remain/ maybe/but the horn- an ornament for a lady's lap.
David Craig's "Against Looting" is a stern warning against extreme consumersism of the developed industrial countries of our world.
Leave the mahogany where it is!/Leave the mahogany trees in Borneo/Where the orangs embrace them gently
Perhaps this illustrates the idea of "green socialism", as stated by the English writer and thinker Raymond Williams.
From another angle; Debjani Chatterji, an English poet of south Asian origin used a Hindu mythological story in her poem called Ganapati:
Ganapati, because he loved us/he bade us love the world, a little/ Radiant god/he married the bashful banna tree/with its veil of fertile leaves
We stretched our notions of humanity. The poet illustrates that our notions of humanity reflect our notions of nature. Or in other words: love thy neighbour. Grace Nicholas,an English poet of West Indian origin gives us a political message of environmental pollution in her poem "The Kingdom":
Swamps can send plagues/Dysentry/Fevers/ Plantations can perish/Lands turn barren/ And the white man no longer at ease/ with the faint drum beat
In his poem "Whale Nation" Heathcote Williams has cast doubt on a homocentric view of earth. He wrote:
In the water/the whale is the dominant species/An extra-terrestrial/ who has already landed
The much publicised picture of the oiled cormorant symbolizes the horrendous effect of the first Gulf war in terms of terrible destructions and sufferings of both men and environment. In his poem "Initial Illumination" Tony Harrison wrote:
Is it open-armed at all/ that victory V/that insular initial inter-wind/ with slack-necked cormorants/ from the black lacquered sea
Adrian Mitchel warns us against the rise of sea-level owing to climate change on our planet, from "On the Beach At Cambridge":
Am I listening/ to the last words of the Sea/As it beats/ its head against the dying land