The Climate Change Conundrum for Me as a Writer
At least in my fiction, I’ve recently decided to stop addressing the climate change problem in and of itself. That is, I’m not writing stories about trying to “solve” or “prevent” climate change.
I think we’ve passed the point where we can prevent a significant change. From my reading lately, the global temperature increases are worse and faster than previously thought. I recently read a report that said we may see a 5 C increase over the next 100 years. And it’s possible we will find that to be a cautious estimate as well as we learn more and more the chain reaction of consequences of the warming we have already experienced.
Policy makers are still debating a 1.5 C change limit, but it’s clear to me that we’ve missed the chance of making that a reality. In my fiction moving forward, I’m expecting that we will see 2-5C increase, unchecked before real actions are taken, if any. Why so much? Permafrost.
How will the future look with a middle-ground 3 C change? Famine, global refugee crisis, and urban heat waves, for starters.
How will the future look with a 5 C change? It’s something all near-future SF writers should be contemplating.
My science fiction moving forward will be about dealing with the change itself, and mitigating their impacts. You could argue that this is a pessimistic outlook and it could detract from the public will to take action, but from my perspective, the public will is nil. Maybe more detailed and accurate depictions of the alternative in our genre and media could spur at least some preparation.
I wish I had cause for optimism on this matter, but I just don’t see any lately.