MLMM Tale Weaver — The World After

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).

24 thoughts on “MLMM Tale Weaver — The World After

  1. newepicauthor August 5, 2021 / 6:46 pm

    It is hard to motivate students when you allow them to have their cell phones on in class. If Janet was any good at her job, she would take the phones away from all of her students.

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  2. Lorraine August 5, 2021 / 8:08 pm

    My husband had a teacher in the 1960s warning about the loss of the Amazon rain forest! I don’t image his students paid much attention to his concept of a future with the rainforests destroyed by logging and fires.

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    • Fandango August 5, 2021 / 8:56 pm

      Your husband’s teacher knew that of which he spoke.


  3. Mister Bump UK August 5, 2021 / 8:26 pm

    I think it’s important, though, to understand where the diffeences lies between accepters and deniers. Deniers believe that warming is not *man-made*, and warming is a part of some kind of natural oscillation.
    It’s bollocks, I know, but it follows that if they think it is natural, they won’t see any of these events as disastrous for the planet.
    We need to be clear that this is exactly where we need to fight them – Al Gore had the right idea.

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    • Fandango August 5, 2021 / 10:01 pm

      I suppose those who think climate change is natural believe it’s God’s will.

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      • Mister Bump UK August 5, 2021 / 10:35 pm

        you’re probably right. Absolutely. It’s all totally dumb, but one myth follows from the last.

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  4. Nope, Not Pam August 5, 2021 / 8:39 pm

    True, but change is top down, starting with the politicians

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    • Fandango August 5, 2021 / 10:07 pm

      Politicians are too short-sighted. Their horizon extends only to the next election.

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      • Marleen August 5, 2021 / 10:40 pm

        True, and often even shorter than that… like until the next contribution.

        Energy Companies Pay-off Texas Politicians After Winter Storm Debacle

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      • Nope, Not Pam August 6, 2021 / 3:06 am

        True, but they control the purse strings

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  5. Shweta Suresh August 5, 2021 / 9:51 pm

    I feel so sorry for her. And yes, they should not be allowed mobile phones while in class

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  6. writerravenclaw August 6, 2021 / 3:15 am

    Sounds like a normal day in the classroom. Mobile phones have a lot to answer for.

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  7. Stephanie Colpron August 6, 2021 / 9:31 am

    Thank you for your story. It speaks to me and it speaks volume about the importance of teachers… I would advise she take the phones away during class but today being what it is I don’t know how much she can do. it’s sad. But we’re headed in the wall at full speed.

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  8. leigha66 August 20, 2021 / 1:23 am

    Phones have no place in the classroom. One by one somewhere there has to be a connection made to the youth somehow or there will be no future for them.

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