When they tell us that our struggles are all in vain,
When they tell us it’s too late,
When they insult us with voices filled with disdain,
And their speeches filled with hate,

That’s the time when our spirits will be stronger,
For our hope will never die.
That’s the time we will fight a little longer,
To make sure truth defeats the lies.

Men of greed, scared of the threats to their power
Filled our airwaves full of doubt
It’s the day, it’s the time and it’s the hour
To defeat them in a rout

For if these greedy men aren’t brought to justice
Then there’s good reason to fear
That the end result of their money lust is
Our grandchildrens’ bitter tears.

They say the hottest place in hell is set for
Those who know damn well what’s right
But, based for fear, they decide that they just abhor
The thought of waging a fight

Against those who have assaulted our planet
Just to hold on to their wealth.
Why don’t you get up and stand up, goddamn it–
And join us fighting for our health!

Can’t you hear all of their courageous voices?
Can’t you hear their moral call?
Do you not understand what the right choice is?
The wrong choice will kill us all!

Sever ties with the greedy and the savage!
All that money isn’t worth
Helping those who choose to wantonly ravage
This precious resource we call Earth!

Stand up now for the future generations!
Stand up now for what is just!
Stand up now against our Earth’s desecration!
Your conscience says that you must!

If you say that every life really matters,
If you value what is best,
Then, to stop Mother Earth from being battered,
You’ll indeed move to divest.

Stand up now. Let your faith and wisdom guide you.
For this situation’s dire.
And there will be no one standing beside you
If it ends in flood and fire.

(This is dedicated to the courageous men and women of Divest Harvard. President Drew Faust, please make the moral choice and sever Harvard University’s ties to the fossil fuel industry, today.)

UPDATE: Bill McKibben interviewed on WGBH-TV, April 14, 2015.

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D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.