A Global Warning

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

 

They said it would get warm, but they didn’t say how quickly or how relentlessly. He thought it would take decades.

He was wrong.

Trees still foliaged but most other plants withered. Same for people.

It killed the young, old, weak, and callous. The talking heads had babbled about it before TV stopped. They couldn’t justify cooling the studios when the grid struggled to air-condition hospitals. Not that the latter did much good.

He sighed and retreated from the window. Ignored his daughter’s empty bed. They were warned. By the time they deigned to listen, it was already too late.

 

 

For the Friday Fictioneers Challenge

 

20 thoughts on “A Global Warning

    • Indeed, though in some places in the world it is happening in many ways already, with rising sea levels making some islands almost uninhabitable. Still, we can do some things to slow this, or at the very least, be better prepared. Thank you for the comment!

  1. Interesting. I wonder if it will happen like that, with the population so beaten down by heat that they don’t riot because they lack the energy? I hope not. I hope we get a grip before it’s too late.

    • I think it will depend on where in the world, and what else people are grappling with and struggling with. My guess would be that in the more affluent nations, there’d be more room for protesting, while in the most vulnerable areas, people will be more acutely affected more quickly and with less recourse or options. As for getting a grip, a good place to start would be to return to sanity in the US, which is currently stripping protections against pollution, environmental hazards, restrictions on depleting resources, and the like.

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