Released for your enjoyment in the spirit of the holidays, here is the first story in my soon-to-be-released Cli-Fi short story collection.
A Climate Carol
“Mr. Drummond, I’m getting ready to head out. Do you need anything else before I leave?”
“Leaving? It’s only three-thirty! Did you finish those reports you promised to have on my desk before five o’clock?”
Jericho Reese bowed his head, and mumbled, “No boss. There’s an air quality alert, and the mayor is encouraging everyone to leave town as early as possible. I’ll get them to you on Monday.”
Drummond shouted, “Monday? What’s wrong with tomorrow?”
“Tomorrow is Earth Day. I’m taking the wife and kids out of the city for a picnic.”
Drummond seethed with the sound of that phrase….Earth Day. Just thinking of those two words angered him. He looked out the window of his huge suite in Drummond Tower and gaped at his tanker, steaming up the Hudson River to offload its filthy cargo. The incoming ship would bring millions in revenue to one of Drummond’s many companies. In good health for a man sixty years of age, his exercise regimen consisted of riding in a golf cart at one his exclusive country club golf courses. Continue reading “Galileo was right. Science is real, and Trump is clueless.”
When I was graduated High School in 1977, climate change wasn’t part of the current lingo.
I was too young at march in Selma, Alabama.
Or protest against our involvement in Vietnam.
I was too young to party at Woodstock, but I loved Joni Mitchell’s lyrics, “We are stardust, we are golden, and we got to get ourselves back to the garden.” Continue reading “Climate Change is my Civil Rights, Vietnam War protests”
I’m a big music fan and I never knew until recently that “All I Need is the Air that I Breathe,” a smash hit for “The Hollies,” was co-written by Albert Hammond Jr., in 1972, while he was staring at the Hollywood Hills and saw smog for the first time in his life. Ironically Hammond’s big hit in 1974 was “It Never Rains in Southern California”. Who knew that 42 years later I would write about that song while California suffers through drought and forest fires.
I still love music, and I like to breathe clean air. That’s getting more difficult every year. One of my favorite websites to check on a weekly basis is AQICN.ORG.
This informative site will give you real-time air quality for cities all over the world. The number are color-coded to assist with finding the worst places in the world to be on any particular day on Earth.
Continue reading “All I Need is the Air that I Breathe”
An Ecosphere has everything I need.
Where can I find such a wonderful place and is there room for my family?
I’m buying my own pollution free world and it looks like this.
In simple terms, algae take in the light and make oxygen. The Shrimp eat the Algae. Bacteria break down the shrimp poop and supply food for the algae. Repeat. Each part of ecosystem relies on each other for life.
There are four shrimp in my world, the the proper amount to sustain this ecosystem. If I added twenty more shrimp without increasing the size of the container, a few of our little buddies would die. Continue reading “A Sustainable Ecosphere Without Pollution”