Dear grandchild, How do we deal with threats to the environment. I’m not sure if this is ever going to reach you or even if you will exist. Actually, I’m pretty sure you’ll never see this. But I’m still going to write this letter into the future because I am required to. How do I start this? Well, I know that my predictions about the future will not be accurate and will sound ridiculous in fifty years, I’m still going to do this. When you park your flying car in the warpdriven space ship, be cautious of rebelling robots and take your time to read this. But seriously, some people actually picture the future like that. And near future, too. Why would we have that in fifty years? I don’t want to sound silly like in the first sentence of this paragraph, so I’ going to talk about current issues and how will they develop in the future. All theoretically speaking and judging based on what I know. So that’ll still be incorrect, I’m afraid. A few years ago (it’s 2013 now) global warming was a big thing. Now we just “care about the environment”, but in something like 2009 it was “reducing global warming”. And it didn’t really go anywhere, the interest was just lost. As far as I know, global warming wasn’t disproved, there was no data indicating that it was reduced, but the media was just all over the issue and there was so much coverage that the whole thing started smelling bad. People lost interest, started doubting it. I’m sure somebody still cares, but not as much. From what I have personally seen, I can’t say that there’s too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and that causes greenhouse effect and extreme rises in temperature. I can only see some climate change. I can also see deforestation, rivers drying up, less animals in forests. But not global warming. But I’m not a scientist, I didn’t collect statistical data or anything like that. So who knows what’s going to happen in fifty years. By this time we started dealing with environmental threats. It’s not much, taking into account what they say about the size of those threats on the news, but it’s something and we may be on the right track. We started recycling waste materials on an industrial scale. The practice is relatively new, but there are already recycling industries in every economically developed country. We started using renewable energy: Hydroelectric Stations are already quite old, but we started using wind and solar energy as well. It doesn’t produce much, but it’s a start. Another energy source is nuclear electro stations, which should work without producing pollution in theory, but first of all, the reserves of uranium are limited, second of all, we still don’t know how to dispose of waste products properly, and thirdly, if there is a wreck on such a station, it leaves tons of slowly decaying radioactive material all around. And I really don’t know if it will be used in the future. At the time I am writing this we have only just started being aware of our impact on the environment if you look at it at a large, historical scale. We have more problems than solutions and lots of people are saying it’s too late. People are talking about caring for the planet and other
species and things like that, but what I think must be realized and will be acknowledged in the future, is that it is our survival we’re fighting for. The planet will be fine. It will endure like many times before us even in the worst predicted scenarios. Life will start over again. It is us that need saving. It is us, who won’t be able to adapt to the new environment that we created ourselves. It is humanity that needs to be saved from global warming and greenhouse effect and all other our creations.