Our Poor, Uninhabitable Planet Earth

Is it really too late to save this planet?

Jim Farina


Photo by Steven Weeks on Unsplash

We just got some much-needed rain last night. It sounded wonderful as I lay in bed hearing the drumming sound on the roof. I was thinking about how I hadn’t heard the sound of steady rain for a long time. When was it last? I can’t recall.

It really is a drop in the bucket when considering the drought conditions this country is faced with. I read the news and see temperatures in the western and southwest states climbing well into triple digits — could reach 120-degrees in Texas. After going through a global pandemic, this is beginning to feel too much like an apocalypse.

Have you ever considered why movies about the end times, post-apocalyptic, and zombie films are so popular these days? Movies like Mad Max: Fury Road, Children of Men, The Colony, The Stand, and most recently, the new Netflix series, Sweet Tooth, continue to draw massive audiences. What is it about humanity’s bleak future that is so entertaining to us?

Forget about Stephen King. If you want to read something truly terrifying, get a print or digital copy of the book The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells. Just don’t read it at night before going to sleep unless you enjoy a good nightmare prompt.

What makes this book so terrifying is the truths it reveals about how humanity’s complacency and negligence have put this world on a course to be soon unlivable. That is unless we each do our small part to improve how we care for this beautiful planet we share.

In David Wallace-Wells’ book, these fictionalized film accounts of what our earth might be like after suffering the ravages of toxic air, water shortages, and melting ice caps become all too real. The chilling thought of our planet damaged beyond repair is a frightening prospect indeed. And this disturbing global nightmare is much closer than we realize.

The book unveils truths like, even by enacting all the policy changes agreed to in Paris, we will still exceed the threshold where disaster begins. And without emissions reduction, we will see our oceans rise to fatal levels, putting major cities underwater. Already we are witnessing bacteria of ancient diseases in melting Arctic ice sheets. This will result in a global…