Abandon your facts and your placards.
You know as well as I,
the message isn't getting through.
It will take more than good science and protests
to make a hardened group of people change their minds.
When it comes to politics,
have you ever noticed the focus on changing ideas
when the place we need to start is with the heart?
Sometimes truth needs to be felt, rather than thought -
It takes a special kind of touch to cut through the thick skin of cynics, don't you think?
So don't waste your ink on academic papers if change is what you're after.
It is not a matter of education or imparting knowledge.
Like parchment versus plastic,
the ink will only seep through if we pick the right surface.
Perhaps the best influencers are not lobbyists or scientists,
but artists, musicians, poets.
who hold a mirror up to the world
and reflect a truth we try hard not to see.
And who wants to see an ugly picture on a canvas?
If art imitates life, it's best we make it one we'd like to hang on a wall,
where high horses don't dominate a landscape,
and ignorance does not lead to the destruction of our world.
So pick up your brushes and your guitars
O gentle activists.
It's time to fight a war of hearts to put the world right.
Art and song and poetry will be our weapons,
deployed with vigour on the frontline
to touch the hearts of our enemies.
And if we've fought the battle right,
they'll have our pictures on the walls and be humming to our tune,
and won't even know a war took place.