2018-11-25 21:26:23 UTC
I just wish scientists would stick to predicting what's likely to happen by 2050, not 2100, since obviously most of the people who will be around by then aren't even old enough to be watching the news yet. (Not to mention that even young adults who want children can't be sure they'll ever be grandparents, so for many of them, the reaction is "who cares?")
Anyway, I thought I'd quote this passage from 1977. I shouldn't tell you the book's title or who wrote it, since either one would be a big fat spoiler, in a way, but you might figure it out. (It takes place circa 2150 - but the exact date is never given. However, it said the disastrous floods would happen earlier - circa 2050.)
An old woman does the explaining:
"The machines and gadgets that were so important to you took too much energy to run. And too many people wanted them. There was no sharing, each man and each nation guarded his own. There were bad times - wars, famines, and destruction...
"...there were floods that destroyed the great coastal cities and the people fled inland and there was a period of famine and disease. There were earthquakes and fires, and the crops that the people cultivated would not grow. We have few written records from those dark days. Books and papers tell us much of what happened before the floods. But I suppose that during the years when their civilization collapsed, the people were too busy searching for food and fighting disease to record these happenings. They were a people without vision and without hope - they simply gave up...
"...We are a peaceful people and strive to live in the world and not to conquer it. Our great fear is of repeating the mistakes of the past - though we have little chance to repeat them. The resources and reserves of energy that we would need to imitate your way of life are all gone."