posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 05:14 PM
Over head the blue sky shines its sight shimmering and bright. Near the glade, wildlife graze happily. A grassy knoll, glistening with the morning
dew, boasts campers and a family taking in the sights. Beautiful horses are being ridden through the meadow, heads held high, and the leather of the
saddles new and soft. A doe cares for her fawn in the tall, cool, green grass, a squirrel climbing a tree, a trout jumping in the brook, are all
sights to be seen.
Only this is not real.
It is a computer reproduction, made of compiled videos and pictures taken by humans that were lucky enough to have lived long before. Humanity’s
dependence on outdated fossil fuels, combined with urban sprawl, destroyed this vision.
The sky now shines, if you can call what it does that, red and sickly, with smog covering it, blocking the sun. Smog was now the ozone layer, its
thick, murky haze blocking the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Brooks, meadows, and jungles were now replaced with a concrete forest where humans, now only
one of the few species on the planet, along with food animals, which had been saved by putting in barns with air purifiers.
It all began when man first used coal as an energy source. Its burning did create energy, but not enough, so we began using its similar cousins,
natural gas and oil. The burning of these gradually depleted the ozone layer, and polluted the atmosphere.
As time dragged on, people began to realize the negative effects these were having on our planet, so advocacy for “alternative” energy sources
increased. But it came too late. Most of the atmosphere was polluted, and a hole in the ozone layer growing to tremendous sizes.
Also, while this was happening, urban sprawl was claiming land at astronomical rates. Thousands of acres of land were being claimed by cities every
day! The amount of land available for crops growing had fallen to a few hundred acres. It had been a home to wildlife for thousands, millions of
years, but was now replaced with a concrete foundation and indoor plumbing. Plant life which could have converted the harmful greenhouse gases were
replaced with lawn ornaments, the only plant surviving being grass.
As this went on for hundreds of years, people were still unable to repent. The ocean had become so acidic that even archaebacteria, bacteria that had
been on this planet nearly since its creation, could not live in it. The land that was available for crops was overtaken by cities. Animals of all
types were dying by the thousands due to suffocation, starvation, lack of water, etc, because of the effect human “intelligence” was having.
Springs were replaced with chemical streams from industries that provided energy, clothing, medicine, and basically every “need” of basic human
Humans tried to protect themselves from these effects by surrounding themselves with masks that would, hopefully, keep out the smog, ozone, and the
like from attacking their respiratory system. Though smog did sort of help in keeping ultraviolet rays, it was not enough to keep humans from
developing cancers. Indeed, cancer was now the number one killer of people from newborns to seniors. Mutations were the norm, with kids carting around
extra appendages, eyes, etc, a normal thing in school, for, why fight it? The dollar had collapsed, the medical industry had gone to pot, and if you
were rich enough to afford healthcare, you sure wouldn’t spend it on such a thing as extravagant on plastic surgery.
People in the poorest areas of the world died by the millions, therefore, vast areas of city were left uninhabited, for the population had died down,
and no one was able to live there. Viruses also were created that further caused the populace to fall to a few thousand scattered across the globe.
Those that survived tried to build a better future and right the wrongs done by their ancestors, but it is awfully hard to return a dying planet to
its youth and right thousands of years of wrongs.