Green is Good

from Bright Future by Baba Brinkman

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Ecological sustainability isn't the opposite of economic prosperity. In fact, they are synonymous. Green is good.

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A tree grows competitive
Reachin’ for the light, aimin’ to soak up every bit of it
Photosynthetic Olympian, throwin’ shade
At its brethren, coniferous to deciduous

Leaves trickle down and get biodegraded
Every niche underneath is wild populated
From the base to the apex of an ecological
Matrix – trees are the main job-creators

Cellulose and lignum in a silo
Struggle for survival, natural cycle
Reachin’ for the sky, so high, so vital
And all they want is domination of a rival

That’s the best competition
The kind that benefits everything next to the competition
Like a free market economic engine
Positive externalities and we all can get it

Like Gordon Gekko in a pristine wood
Sometimes greed is good
Greed is what pushes every tree to the canopy hood
And Green is Good

Green is Good, Green is Good, baby
Make green like Wall Street in 80s
Stay green like a shade tree
Green is Good, so make green, baby

Green is Good, sustain green
Make All Nature Great Again, stay green
Like a shade tree, green is amazing
Green is Good, so make green, baby

Make green and you make a range of good products
Reforestation and sustainable harvest
Plus climate change is upon us
And every tree free growing is retaining some carbon

It may take an ecologist from a fine university
To trace the complex web of biodiversity
From turtle to spider to birch tree
To underground fungal mycelial circuitry

Do the research, and refill it if you deplete it
You can be a future-feeder instead of a future-eater
Solid ecological planning is not a new procedure
It’s just a prerequisite for a future leader

Greed is good? I do concede it’s a half-truth
Witness the damage humanity can do
Extract, pollute, the Lorax knew
If you turn a green patch into a sand dune

That’s a bad move, that’s the worst competition
Lose-lose, humans and the earth all diminished
Negative externals hurt your grandchildren
Get a land-use plan and we can rebuild it

Green is Good, Green is Good, baby
Make green like Wall Street in 80s
Stay green like a shade tree
Green is Good, so make green, baby

Green is Good, sustain green
Make All Nature Great Again, stay green
Like a shade tree, green is amazing
Green is Good, so make green, baby

Make green, don’t starve, feed kids
Invest in the future sustainable green biz
Plant trees, billions and billions
Reverse the loss of biodiversity quick

And don’t forget what a gorgeous forest is
A slow motion rat race for resources
A snapshot of Ascot horses
Foamin’ at the mouth for sun beam nourishment

No armistice, ‘cause trees keep us alive
When they reach for the sky for a piece of the light,
And likewise, we can compete to shine
In a green climate, with no ecocide

Try to keep in mind every intricate part
Including communities if it’s in their backyard
Build with indigenous traditions and
Local people living in the midst of the wilderness

Ecosystem enrichment pays forward
Stakeholders get enlisted, from rainforest
To everglades to boreal territory
Green is good, end of story

Green is Good, Green is Good, baby
Make green like Wall Street in 80s
Stay green like a shade tree
Green is Good, so make green, baby

Green is Good, sustain green
Make All Nature Great Again, stay green
Like a shade tree, green is amazing
Green is Good, so make green, baby

credits

from Bright Future, released May 28, 2021
Written by D. Brinkman, A. Ross, J. Simmonds
Produced and Mixed by Mr. Simmonds
Chorus Vocals by Aaron Ross

Made with support from Forests Ontario
forestsontario.ca

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