Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.
By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.
What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.
In my FPQ post a few weeks ago I asked “What do you think are the three most pressing issues facing us today?” Many of you included climate change among the most pressing issues. Marilyn Armstrong suggested we take a deeper dive on climate change. She wanted to know, with initiatives like reducing carbon emissions, cleaning up the the oceans, rivers, streams, and lakes, finding a more realistic way to deal with recycling, moving to clean energy like solar and wind, etc., where do we start when it comes to addressing climate issues?
Since this is an issue that could affect the future of humanity…
Where do you think we should start with respect to climate change? What role should governments play? What can we, as individuals do to help? What steps are you, as an individual, taking? Or do you think climate change is a hoax?
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“I give up. I’m going to shutter this place and find another site to start over,” Dave said.
“But honey, a restaurant by the sea was your dream,” Maryanne said. “I’m sure, if you’ll just be patient, we can make a go of it.”
“Dammit,” Dave said, “every time another Nor’Easter hits this bay, it dumps tons of seaweed on our outdoor dining area. This is the fifth time this season and I’ve had it. That’s it.”
“But where will we go?” Maryanne asked.
“Inland, where the sea can’t reach the restaurant,” Dave said. “Unless, you know, climate change.”
Written for Rachel Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers prompt. Photo credit: Sandra Cook
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.