What is the theme of the poem "The city planners" by Margaret Atwood?

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The City Planners explores a global warming angle in the theme of man vs. nature. Expressing a horror at the calm neatness of suburban neighborhoods in the face of  environmental disaster, the poem subtly uses the metaphor of a glacier to remind us of the slow effects of global warming. Oil, shown as spilled in garages, also reminds us of the hidden environmental disaster that lurks beneath the seemingly safe and controlled suburban environment. The ending of the poem shows how easily a natural disaster can destroy that safety and make a mess of the social planning.

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