Nature: A PositiVIEW

POETRY FORMAT, 20 Aug 2018

Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

Let´s refer to Nature positively;
Let´s avoid speaking of “the fury of Nature”
or describing the force of winds as “killing”!

Let´s not say that there are natural disasters,
rather that there are unforeseen environmental factors.

Let´s not blame Nature as a terrible source of destruction,
rather see it as the world of living things and of construction.

Let´s treat Nature with the utmost respect,
and ecolinguistically our messages to redirect.

Significantly, part of Nature all human beings are;
Let´s make that participation humbly go very far.

By ecolinguistically communicating
a dignifyingly global citizenship we`ll be anticipating.


Francisco Gomes de Matos, Ph.D. is an applied peace linguist from Recife, Brazil. He has degrees in Languages, Law, and Linguistics. He is Professor Emeritus at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco where he is active in the Dom Hélder Camara Human Rights Commission. He is one of the pioneers in Linguistic Rights (author of 1984 Plea for a Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights) and in the emerging area of Peace Linguistics. Currently he is President of the Board, ABA Global Education ( He can be reached at


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