When will people finally awaken to the threat humanity faces due to climate change? How can they simply ignore the frequent “100-year floods” and larger, more intense hurricanes, the significantly hotter summers and colder winters? And what about the staggering increases in the number of devastating wildfires?
How can people close their minds and refuse to correlate climate change with greenhouse gasses and burning fossil fuels?
We are no longer living in the land of milk and honey, folks. There’s no cause for elation, especially if we, as a species, are unwilling to take actions that will slow the trajectory of the inevitable disaster that climate change poses.
This is not a hoax. This is not a drill.
Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (awaken), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (climate), Your Daily Word Prompt (correlate), The Daily Spur (milk), and Word the Day Challenge (elation).
It used to be majestic
It used to be serene
It used to a tranquil
It used to be peaceful
It used to be beautiful
A sanctuary for birds and animals
Now it’s burning
Flames reaching the sky
Smoke choking the air
The birds are not chirping
The animals are not scurrying
It’s no longer majestic
It’s no longer serene
It’s no longer tranquil
It’s no longer peaceful
It’s no longer beautiful
It’s our fault
The signs were there
But we chose to ignore them
To deny it and call it a hoax
It didn’t have to be this way
Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Top photo credit: Bikurgurl. Second photo credit: Cameron Strandberg
“What is it about the gravity of the situation that you can’t seem to grasp?” Janice asked. “Don’t brush me off with your usual argument that climate change is just a hoax.”
“I don’t believe climate change is a hoax,” Richard said. “I just don’t think it’s going to devour all life as we know it on our planet by, what’s the date, 2030 or something?”
“So you don’t believe 97% of climate scientists who are saying we’ve got only about a decade before there is irrevocable damage to the planet?” Janet asked.
“I just have an easygoing temperament,” Richard said. “I don’t go crazy over things I can’t control.”
Written for Linda G. Hill’s JusJoJan prompt word, “gravity,” and for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “devour” in exactly 108 words. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (brush), Daily Addictions (date), and Your Daily Word Prompt (temperament).
And for what it’s worth, I personally don’t agree with Richard on this topic.
We are living in scary times.
A whole continent is burning.
The climate is becoming inhospitable.
The world is at the brink of war.
I’m afraid for the future of life on Earth.
Written for the Friday Five Lines or Less prompt from Patricia’s Place. The idea is to write a story or poem of five lines or less. This week’s word is “afraid.”
“The future ain’t what it used to be.”
American baseball player, manager, and coach Yogi Berra
I’ve quoted the late, great Yogi Berra before, but given what is going on the world these days, I think Yogi was quite prescient with this quote. With climate change proceeding along virtually unabated, I’m not even sure that humanity will be around in the future.
Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G.Hill.