Remembering Earth Day

Every Earth Day I force myself to look at it. It sits in its place on the wall, oblivious to the new reality. A mute reminder of that time, long ago now; an epoch some consider to be the pinnacle of our civilisation but which others recall with regret as a period of excess, of lust, of greed.

Climate change nearly destroyed us. Global temperatures rose to the point where crops failed, whole forests burned, lakes and rivers dried up. Populations — human and other fauna — roamed nomadically, ceaselessly seeking water and food until exhaustion got the better of them. A great many species were lost. We ourselves escaped extinction by the skin of our teeth.

As ever on this day, I turn away from the scene hanging on the wall to gaze out of the window at the twin of its skyline, far away. The myriad windows are, of course, no longer lit; and the massive structures are half-submerged in the sea.

One hopes we have learned the lesson, and that the future, whatever form it takes, will be one in which we continue to live in harmony with nature. Ah, if only we could have done so sooner.

A city skyline - lots of skyscrapers

Photo credit: January MorgueFile 13757688486s53m

Word count: 199
Prompted by Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner
The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action

About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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6 Responses to Remembering Earth Day

  1. This is most definitely a lesson to us. But looking back in history, humanity seems to have a problem with learning from mistakes. Not sure how much faith I have in people not going back to their same old bad habits when this is over…but I guess I can still hope.

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  2. Tom says:

    One day we’ll get it right.
    With any luck.

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  3. I don’t know what will happen to us humans. Many times I think we are within 20 years of the end. But then I look at the tremendous power of good that has been brought to the fore as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and I have hope.

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    • pendantry says:

      It is good to have hope. But the thing about the response to the pandemic is that we had plenty of warning, yet it still caught us unprepared. Homo fatuus brutus simply doesn’t rise to the occasion until the problem is staring it in the face :/

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