That’s what it is now. As far as the eye can see. There is no green. There is no blue. It’s just varying shades of brown. The wind blows the brown around the dusty blue sky, which isn’t even really blue when you look at it. It’s the mind’s eye that makes it blue, a shared memory, passed down through the generations.
The vastness stretches for thousands of miles with newly exposed mountain ranges and crevices, once hidden by the blue oceans, are now the predominant landscape. There is nothing but the harsh jagged edges of the rocky terrain, thirsting.
The buildings are standing and inside, there are histories that talk of the once great planet that was here. The diversity of life was like no other planet known. The species that evolved and adapted over time could not adapt to the damage that was done in the long run. It was just too much. The pictures in the books and the film discs leave these amazing images though of the splendor of what this planet once was.
There were oceans that stretched from one city to another, filled with creatures, plants, minerals that kept the planet alive. Now, they were dust and death. They once overflowed and reclaimed the planet, but then the skies filled with chemicals and sucked the very essence from them.
In a few more centuries, the planet may restore itself but it is not a definite thing. The life was choked out of it and now it is forced to reset itself. The people fled in a biblical fashion but the arcs they created would have put the 40 cubit by 40 cubit ship to shame.
The true question is did they learn their lesson as they fled their home? Did they realize that they need to preserve the ocean as much as the air? Did they learn how to create energy that didn’t kill? Did they learn to appreciate the most amazing thing they had?
This post was written as part of the January NaBloPoMo. The theme for this month is energy. Today’s post was “What is your biggest concern about the future of the environment?” I really played with this theme and think for the rest of this week’s prompts, I’m going to stretch my creative muscles and really have fun with this one!