The introduction to this series is here.
This post looks at Climate.
For most writers of future fiction, this is a no-brainer. We’ve made ourselves familiar with the science, understand the realities, know the world is utterly unprepared to deal with what is now correctly termed a ‘climate emergency’. We know governments, Big Business, led by vested interest, will be fatally slow to act. And very many of the general population, led into ignorance by those in authority, will fail to comprehend the reality of what is fast approaching.
So, if we’re to include this topic in our fiction we need to make sure we’ve researched it as fully as possible. This is especially true for those interested in stories set on Earth, but it can also be an important factor in other future fiction; perhaps it’s the reason your explorers left the world behind in search of a more pristine world to populate.
Will conspiracy theorists bent on denying climate change, or humanity’s responsibility for it, spread their fear-inspired lies to influence enough people and industries to enable the emergency to occur sooner and in a more violent way? Will China’s reliance on coal, the USA’s dependence on petrol and diesel, Saudi Arabia’s greed over profits from its fuel sales, Europe’s inability to reach a cohesive agreement, the UK’s utter confusion and incompetence at Government level, all impact on the outcome? And, if so, how?
What may be the actual consequences of allowing the climate emergency to occur? Will it bring major floods, drought, increasingly strong and destructive storms, other weather extremes? Will the resulting starvation, desperation for drinking water, greed for resources, problems of overpopulation, result in all-out war?
Or, is it just possible voices of reason in the UN, some developed countries, among the young led by Greta Thunberg and others, even the general population alerted to the real dangers, may act to prevent this coming catastrophe? Perhaps your fiction can be positive, affirming, hopeful rather than the more obvious dystopian theme?
These are some suggestions I make for consideration if you’re including the idea of climate in your story. I’m sure you can think of many more. Please feel free to let us know your ideas, using the comment space below the post.
Part 1, Introduction and Accommodation. Part 2, Activism. Part 3, Advertising. Part 4, Agriculture. Part 5, Artificial Intelligence. Part 6, Animals, as Pets. Part 7, Art. Part 8, Authority. Part 9, Banking. Part 10, Beauty. Part 11, Blasphemy. Part 12, Business. Part 13, Capitalism. Part 14, Cars. Part 15, Celebrity.