The road is still closed. They said it would be under control by now, that we could all head back to our homes. But they were wrong. I can see by the yellow, orange, and gold glows of the night sky that the wildfires are still raging.
Many of the homes in my neighborhood — maybe even mine — have been lost to the flames. Personal possessions up in smoke. Precious memories destroyed.
They say it’s due to climate change. Higher temperatures and stronger winds create a landscape that allows fires to spread faster and farther.
This ain’t no hoax.
Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. After all, engineers had harnessed the the power of the wind by creating giant windmill farms. They had harnessed the power of the sun with solar panels. So why not harness the power of the natural electricity in the atmosphere with collection stations?
He built his prototype and persuaded the power company to give it a test. His prototype was a sight to behold, a perfect mix of form and function. But climate change caused the planet to turn hot and dry and the only thing Howard’s invention collected was dust.
Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Dale Rogerson.
“Get closer, kids, and take a good look at that majestic, beautiful animal,” Barbara’s and Dennis’ father told them, “because that species may not be around much longer.”
The two children stared in awe and amazement at the enormous polar bear swimming right up next to the huge aquarium’s thick glass wall, and Barbara asked her father why it wasn’t going to be around much longer.
“The sea ice where polar bears live is disappearing due to warming temperatures around the globe,” he explained, “which is the biggest threat to their survival, and if we don’t do something quickly to combat man-made climate change, these magnificent creatures may soon become extinct.”
Written for this week’s Three Line Tales from Sonya at Only 100 Words. Photo credit: Vidar Nordli-Mathisen via Unsplash.
They said it would revive our local economy.
They said it would create new jobs.
They said it would improve our lives.
They said it wouldn’t contaminate our drinking water.
They said it wouldn’t pollute our air.
They said it wouldn’t contribute to the greenhouse gases that cause climate change.
They said it wouldn’t trigger earthquakes.
They lied to the members of the town council.
They lied to the county commissioners.
They lied to the state legislators.
They lied to the state environmental protection agency.
They lied to the journalists covering the story.
They lied to the people who live in the area.
Their engineers lied.
Their geologists lied.
Their executives lied.
They were from the oil and gas industries.
They were talking about fracking.
Fracking did everything they said it wouldn’t do.
Fracking didn’t do anything they said it would do.
Fracking lined their pockets.
Fracking killed our town.
Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt.