Top positive review
Terrifying, infuriating, future-seeing
Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2017
Read these stories and be prepared to seethe with anger. How could anyone be so outrageously stupid!? Slash forests? Pollute oceans? Humans need clean air to breathe. Clean water to drink. Fertile land to grow food. Surely no one is so unbelievably idiotic as to think acquisition of wealth is more important than healing our mauled planet.
But when you read the news, the real news, you know they are. Slash funding for the EPA and NOAA. Allow people to hunt and fish with lead bullets and sinkers, poisoning our water and the very flesh of the animals hunted for food. Deregulation of power generation, stripping away clean water laws and making coal (COAL!) the centerpiece of federal funding when solar is cheaper per kilowatt, cleaner for the environment, and offers more jobs than the coal industry.
In this anthology a Google/Apple company seeds the world with consumer junk that turns out to have a very different, very important purpose. Has it happened in the real world? No. Story after story mentions geo-engineering projects like dusting oceans with iron for a phytoplankton bloom to suck up CO2. Or spraying hydrogen sulfide to alter the planet's albedo in place of lost ice. These are good ideas but again and again the best idea is to simply Pollute Less.
Is it easy? One story puts a man on trial who has been thoughtful in his habits. Simple things many could do with just a little sacrifice. Easy as it might be, many ignore those little tweaks they could have made.
With all this talk of leaving a better world for our children and grandchildren, what is the real legacy out here in the real world? Making money at any cost. Polluting and destroying instead of cleaning and healing. Politicizing the simple fact that the climate is changing and not for the better. We need specific conditions in which to live and it would be wise to fight to retain those conditions. Remember,
Humans come and go. Earth abides.