For my story Ever-Ton, in the Parallels: Felix Was Here IWSG Anthology, I chose Al Gore’s concern regarding global warming to base my story on. While Al Gore, may have exaggerated some of the issues during the production of his movie, An Inconvenient Truth. There is real reason for concern. Here are some of the facts:
1) The global average temperature has risen 1.4 degrees.
2) The last two decades were the hottest in 400 years.
3) Alaska, Western Canada, & Eastern Russia temperatures have risen twice the global average.
4) Arctic ice is disappearing and polar bears and indigenous cultures are suffering from the loss.
5) Glaciers & mountain snows are melting more rapidly – Montana’s Glacier National Park only has 27 glaciers, versus 150 in 1910.
6) Coral reefs, highly sensitive to changes in water temperature are dying off.
7) Extreme weather events, wildfires, heat waves, & strong storms are the result.
8) Industrialization, deforestation, and pollution increase the greenhouse gases and trap heat near the surface.
9) While natural cycles of warming and cooling on Earth are also normal, what used to occur over the span of several centuries is now happening in 100 years or less.
The result of global warming:
1) Food and water shortages.
2) Sea level rise between 7 and 23 inches.
3) Huge coastal populations affected.
4) Stronger hurricanes, droughts, and other natural disasters – growth of deserts.
5) Species face extinction.
My resource for this post was the National Geographic News.
In the 1970s, scientists had warned of the dangers of global warming, but nothing happened until the year 2000. President Al Gore couldn’t get the legislation passed that would curb the dangers caused by fossil fuel, but he found the funding for the New World Aeronautical Organization - NWAO. They began the search for a New Earth.
Terrifying storms, devastating droughts, and unimaginable diseases took the earth to the levels of an apocalypse that no one foresaw, not even President Gore. The building of survival units in the highest mountains became a top priority.
Now, in 2050, the world’s atmosphere had grown toxic. The city of Ever-Ton, meaning Everlasting Mountain, sat high in the Himalayas. We were the largest and last community of
survivors trying to leave earth.
I walked through the city noting the homemade flowers, along with wiry trees, lined the broken cobbled streets. Ever-Ton, the biggest dome-covered metropolis in the Himalayas, had lost its luster. Workers used to keep it clean; now they worked on building the resources for the new world. The dome, once translucent, now looked like a mud-covered window. I’d never experienced the sun’s rays, breathed air that wasn’t manufactured or tasted water from a spring. Donning sunglasses against the artificial sunlight, I hurried to NWAO headquarters.
Yolanda Renée grew up in Pennsylvania, but an adventurous spirit took her to Alaska where she hiked the Brooks Range, traveled from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, and learned to sleep under the midnight sun.
She’s the holder of a BS in Business Administration specializing in Accounting, and an MA in Organizational Leadership. Curiosity Quills Press is the publisher of her Murder Trilogy - Murder, Madness & Love, Memories of Murder, and Murder & Obsession. She’s also self-published a book of short stories titled When Zombies Attack:Tales of Horror & Romance.
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