The last mission

By Xenia Artemiou

Joe! Wake up!


I saw another Mars bus in the sky.

Go to sleep.

But Joe, maybe we can get them to help us.

Look Mark, we decided to stay here on Earth and deal with it. I don’t understand why you would change your mind now, since it’s probably impossible to get to Mars.

Sorry Joe, but take a look at what is left! Nothing. We’re 400 meters above sea level but forced to hide in this cave to avoid skin cancer. We don’t have medicine, the fish have been exported to extra-terrestrial ecosystems, and the remaining animals are disappearing quickly.

Can I just remind you that you were the one who said we should hide and wait to restart with the others when nature heals itself?

And what are we going to do while we wait for them? For Nature?

We’ll do exactly what you said. We will work at night with the abandoned tech to keep going. Earth is a paradise!

I know what you mean but look at all the trouble. Who’s going to handle the radioactive material? Who’s going to rebuild after earthquakes? What about the contamination from newly flooded areas?

One step at a time! Fossil fuels are no longer being used, cars are abandoned, and meat production has ceased. We can eat the lab food and wait. We can hope!

Wake up already! That’s going to take years. We should’ve gone to Mars with everybody else and waited there.

I’m going to sleep. I’m staying here. I heard there’s a spaceship in Romania. You can helicopter there in ten hours, if you want. I was going to keep the chopper and fuel a secret, but it looks like you’re desperate.

You can adapt your way, and I’ll do it my way.

I’m staying here.

Bomb shelter madness

by Xenia Artemiou

Although the Mayans didn’t give any details, perhaps they were thinking of climate change as “the end of the world” for humans.

This underground bomb shelter is one vision of how the rich might shelter themselves from the impacts of climate change, safe and secure in luxury. The funny thing is that these shelters were created to protect people for a short time after a bomb explosion, but they won’t be able to escape climate change for very long.

Good morning rich people! Yes, you might last a little longer than poorer people, but climate change is for everyone. You can live on top of a mountain, with supplies for years, but you’re probably facing the same future as everyone else.

Knowledge is power

By Xenia Artemiou

We all know President Trump has the money to save himself from climate change, he can deny it all he wants and he will still be safe. Deleting the information for the public to see is on another scale. It is not only disrespectful to scientists who spent years producing data, but I personally find it as an insult to my intelligence. If deleting information about climate change solves the problem then why has no one thought of it till now?

Thank you President Trump for blessing us with your wise solution!


Can we learn from our mistakes?

By Xenia Artemiou

As I was reading through this article I could not help but think that the Mississippians, who started disappearing from 1300 onwards, are a strong example of what could happen to us in the future unless we act now.
“Abrupt climate change can impose conditions like drought. If these conditions are severe and sustained, as we have determined that they became for the Mississippians, it is virtually impossible for societies, especially those based on agriculture, to survive.”

This quote in particular got to me as we as a society tend to forget how our daily lives are based on agriculture. When we go to the supermarket and look at all the products on the shelves we tend to not think of where they came from. This consequently alienates us from nature and makes us forget our dependency on it. We need agriculture for everything from food to furniture  — and survival. Worsening weather conditions will bring us more problems as time goes by. These problems will affect many parts of our lives, but food security will surely be one of the most important areas affected.

Maybe it is time to face the truth and realise that rising population, falling  natural resources and increasing greenhouse gases are driving climate change beyond our control. We must find ways to adapt to climate change.

The article also reminded me that we can look back to see ahead:

“It’s important for us to understand how past civilizations coped with climate change as we encounter things like changing precipitation patterns and temperatures that appear to be rising around the world today.”

I remember it like it was yesterday. Six years ago I was sitting on my high school desk asking myself why we had to learn history. That day I had  the courage up to ask my teacher that question. He said that history helps us look at our past mistakes and (hopefully) learn how to not repeat them. Sadly, in the real world no matter how many times we look at our past, it seems that we keep repeating the same mistakes. I hope that my generation improves on this. We need to be active, thinking citizens who can react and adapt to climate change.