The arks were successful in getting us off the planet before it completely died. Five years after we left, the probes reported that all remaining life had perished and that there was no sustainable environments for us to return to. I was a child when the arks took off, just 10 years old. I’ll be celebrating my 25th birthday here floating through the sky, living on this metal makeshift planet.
The years in space have not been all bad. We have adjusted to everything and we have managed to communicate with the other arks, keep track of where they are, since all the arks went in different directions to search for a new home planet. We know it might take generations to find it, but what other choice do we have?
Throughout the first five years or so, there was quite a learning curve. While the Red Source was sustainable and a powerful energy source, more powerful than originally thought, there were fears that it would be used up before long. The arks had strict rules of placed in effect, “for the safety of our precious and sacred mission,” that dictated so many different aspects of our lives. The Senate that oversaw all laws of the ship were the ones to draft the ark’s charter, though most of it thought of these laws as more of a covenant, again, finding comfort in the truly ancient histories.
It made things feel more safe having these laws in place, knowing that there would be order. Knowing that even though no one was left behind, there had been a kind of change that occurred in the hearts of everyone. We were all orphans now. All without. All lacking a place to call home.
The first section of the charter, after the general we cannot kill, steal, or the standard run-of-the-mill kind of laws. After those were clearly stated and understood, there was a section on conservation. After leaving our planet as a barren ball circling the sun, the Senate knew it could not be tolerated again. The laws in the conservation section were strict but we accepted it.
Water was subject to the strictest of the regulations. There was a strict limit on the time of any type of shower. The ark had showers that automatically shut off after two minutes and then started again in five minutes and ran for another two minutes. The water was frequently tested to make sure there were no pollutants and the acceptable limits.
Lights were another regulated energy. Each apartment was provided with “daytime” lights that were run by the ship. They were like our sun. They slowly got light in the morning and then got dark in the night, giving us the illusion of sunlight. They used minimal energy and use the true light technology to help us not suffer from lack of natural light. If we require more light at night, we are able to use one of our smaller lights that run on rechargeable batteries. If we need even more light than what is given by those lights, we must use one of the many common areas where the lighting is left on for work.
Energy consumption is kept to a minimum and while it took some time adjusting to using less, we have accepted it. We have no other alternative.
This post was written as part of January 2013 NaBloPoMo. This month’s theme is energy and today’s topic was “What is the most creative way you conserve energy in your home?” Today ties into Monday and Tuesday’s posts where I kind of got stuck in a story…it’s a little different than my normal posts but I’m having fun.