Janet Simpson’s face had turned scarlet. She was so angry that no one in her Earth Sciences class was listening to her warnings about what would become of the world and of humanity in the days after the catastrophic effects of global climate change. “Don’t you realize that our planet will soon no longer be able to sustain life as we know it if we don’t act now. Not soon, but now! We have to reach a global accord on how to proceed to save the environment, and you, the future of humanity, will be responsible. If you fail, there will be no forgiveness.”
A few students were showing some interest, a few more were smirking, but most had their heads buried in the smartphones, texting, playing games, watching videos, or doing who knows what. Despite the lack of attention, Janet continued with her lesson plan.
“We are participating in a race against devastation, and it’s a marathon that we have no alternative but to complete,” Janet told her students. “So think about what actions you can take to make sure that the world after the twenty-first century is somewhere that we all — you and your children — can comfortably live in. Nothing tops the feeling of knowing that you helped alter the course of human history.”
The bell rang and her students noisily left the classroom, leaving the teacher depressed and disheartened, as she realized that taking selfies and watching funny animal videos were all her students cared about.
Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Tale Weaver prompt. Also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (scarlet), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (sustain), Your Daily Word Prompt (accord), The Daily Spur (forgiveness), Jim Adams’ Thursday Inspiration (lesson), Ragtag Daily Prompt marathon, and My Vivid Blog (tops).