How the world restored its balance
Cities are green, solar panels are stuck on everything, and people travel hundreds of kilometres in everyday life. Hardly any deaths from lack of resources, social advancement, and lightning-speed internet. Better education, no diseases, and entertainment everywhere.
Sounds nice, right?
Well, there's also: Minimal privacy, laziness, and the deaths from hunger, malnutrition and diseases seem to be swapped out for deaths from suicide.
The path here wasn’t fun. At all.
In 2020, COVID-19 started to spread. It ruined hundreds of countries’ budgets, killed millions of people and bored billions.
And then, after a couple of years, heat waves started to become a common occurrence around the world, rubbing salt on the wound. There were definitely warnings in the decades before that. But, I guess modern society exponentially increased laziness. Maybe global temperature is directly proportional to average laziness levels of the most developed species on the planet.
That was a joke by the way.
Anyway, the parts hit hardest by the heat waves were countries near the equator and/or coastal and island countries. The Arctic also experienced a major temperature increase, which heightened sea levels, but that's for later.
More information here: https://www.iberdrola.com/environment/top-countries-most-affected-by-climate-change
Note: CRI stands for Global Climate Risk Index, which is developed by Germanwatch and is calculated using fatalities and economic impact. A lower value means more impact.
The heatwaves in the 2020s and early 30s caused some more millions of deaths and mass migration from the equator, Middle East and South Asia to mainly Europe, Russia, and Canada.
Meanwhile, sea levels were steadily rising due to the continued melting of the ice caps in the poles. And then, in 2035, the Maldives slowly went under. Entirely. People migrated off the Maldives.
And then there were 196.
This inflicted fear on the lower-elevated countries such as Singapore and the Netherlands, and there was some migration away, even though it was expected to not rise more than 10 millimetres per year. The Maldives were just relatively low.
In 2029, governments around the world started to enforce laws such as no plastic illegal, and at least 2 solar panels(discounted) on every building. Solar panel farms and wind farms came into existence and introduced another green option for regular people to earn money. This form of income was largely welcomed by the billionaires, who mass purchased solar panels and land, which lit a candle in the dark world.
The heat waves began to spread out more frequently to other countries, and it was only until 2043 that the frequency curve began to flatten. This was due to the effort of billions of people, planting trees, buying solar panels, and swapping to electric cars.
There was also a program launched in 2035 that aimed to use space mirrors to lessen the heat obtained from the sun, but that was terminated shortly after due to lack of funding and donations from people, when wealth was growing ever more important because of declining resources.
Anyway, countless lives were lost due to inaction and humans had to adapt to a green world, but that was one calamity narrowly avoided.
There are still many problems with society, but like always, we’ll just leave it to the next generation.