One straw, alone, may break a camel’s back.
Until that day its load may grow unchecked.
Removal of one tree to build a shack
Portends no risk its forest may be wrecked.
Low yield, in just one field, may be made high
At once with an intensive tillage scheme.
Not much top soil or carbon’s lost thereby—
Except, in time, not much grows to extreme …
Those actions which alone mean little harm
En masse erode the soil beneath our feet
And banish earthworms needed on the farm,
Releasing carbon, priming Earth to heat.
To cool Earth now needs more than just no-till—
Humanity needs great collective will!