A Carolina Parrothead book review
Sunday, June 3, 2012
"2084: An Oral History of the Great Warming" by James Powell
A Carolina Parrothead book review
During medieval times with much of Europe engulfed in ignorance and superstition Catholic priests and bishops burned heretics at the stake all in the name of a loving and forgiving God all the while it is said they had serious discussions on how many angels could dance on the head of a pin. Whether that question was actually a point of intellectual debate among a hierarchy of holy men that could believe two very opposing lines of reasoning is beside the point. What is interesting though is that after centuries of scientific enlightenment we have entered the twenty-first century having to entertain the question of just how bad do humans have to screw up the world before they begin to believe they are having an effect.
Calling people who deny climate change ostriches with their heads blissfully buried in the sand for reasons of belief in some vast global conspiracy out to destroy the American economy or religion that says God gave us the Earth to pollute because we humans are the apple of his eye does no good. Because while there are certainly many that fit that description others have money and power on the line, which could be endangered if a substantial and organized response to the problem was developed. So it is very much in their interest to muddy up the informational waters with paid lackeys and convenient fools.
Now I will admit part of the problem with convincing people climate change is a real threat to the entire world is because that while the vast majority of scientists are great with facts and figures they have trouble boiling it down to a level the average person can understand. Speaking from direct observation your average American doesn’t really know his or her head from a hole in the ground and even if they did we have two-hundred channels of mindless crap to chose from on our television neatly designed to fit our fifteen-minute attention spans. Watching some scientist or wide-eyed environmental activist tell the masses their spoiled and overindulgent lifestyles are destroying the planet is depressing, watching reality shows filled with talentless but rich morons is so much better because it is entertaining.
With all that in I mind I recently stumbled upon “2084: An Oral History of the Great Warming” and found it to be an excellent book about a subject few want to think about. As the title suggests the book explains in great detail how the repercussions of climate changed effected the entire planet over the course of the twenty-first century. In the tradition of other books such as “Warday” and “Nature’sEnd” using facts 2084 paints a dark picture of the world our children and grandchildren will be left with after we are long gone. Beside the massive famines and catastrophic changes in weather the book goes in detail on the political affects such as a neo-fascist president elected in the United States, a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan, to a new middle east war with Israel on the losing end to name a very few.While this is clearly fiction each of these disasters Mr. Powell writes about are uncomfortably possible given recent events here in America and around the world.
Could Mr. Powell’s book been better written? Yes, but that can be said any number of other novels by even the most famous of authors. Whatever the case it is an attempt to educate a selfish public unwilling to even ponder the possibility that no matter how big and limitless the world we live may seem our lifestyles and sheer numbers will make the way of life we love beyond anything else unsustainable with dire consequences for our grandchildren.
I very highly recommend this short novel. The one real problem I have with it is that it appears to only be in e-book form requiring at least a Kindle reader. Here is the link over to Amazon: