This past week I read the book The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch. In this blog I will address the similarities I have seen between the actions that were taken to prevent the Terminus and the proactive actions we see people taking today to try and prevent the existential threat of climate change. It says in The Gone World that the Terminus was “a shadow that falls across the future of our species. Every timeline we’ve visited ends in the Terminus. And it’s moving closer” (Sweterlitsch 8). Throughout the book we learn that the Terminus is moving closer and closer to the terra firma and will keep increasing as a detrimental threat to the entire world unless actions are taken to stop it. As we read, we learned how Shannon Moss had to make sacrifices and crucial decisions in order to get herself in the position inside the Libra ship to end the Terminus. As I read about the Terminus and the actions that were being taken to save humanity from it, it reminded me of the climate change threat that we all face right now on Earth. The danger of climate change could pose many lethal threats to humanity in our future. On the website, https://climate.nasa.gov/effects/ , it says that temperatures will continue to rise, the frost-free season will become longer, hurricanes will become stronger and more frequent, the artic will become ice-free before the mid-century, the sea level will rise, the amount of precipitation will increase, but then there will also be weeks at a time with droughts and heat waves. On the website, https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20181218.278288/full/ , it also talks about the potential for a rise in diseases that are an result of the natural occurrences as described before. Some diseases are suited for hotter temperatures and some are waterborne as well. The potential for these deadly changes on our Earth coupled with the potential for widespread disease shows the severity and seriousness that we as humans should have about combating climate change. Just like we see in The Gone World with the characters not knowing exactly when the Terminus will show up in terra firma, we do not know exactly when the deadly effects of climate change will become super prevalent in our lives. I see a similarity between the urgency of Shannon Moss and the U.S. government to prevent the Terminus and the urgency that the scientific community has towards combatting the potential effects of climate change. From what we see in the sources I have found, climate change could create a future that could be deadly for many humans on Earth. Just like how Shannon Moss did everything she could to stop the Terminus, we as humans should be doing everything we can to prevent the harmful effects and outcomes of climate change. Do you think you have done enough to help prevent climate change?
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