Dear Future Cyberchivist:
By the year 2019 the world has become too hot.
Human's excessive burning of fossil fuels - oil, coal, natural gas - over the last few decades to inexpensively feed our existence such as it is has caused the formation of a layer of carbon gases called greenhouse gases that traps too much heat of the sun in our lower atmosphere.
This has subsequently raised the temperature of the earth to a dangerous level.
Over the past few weeks, monster wild fires have been raging across Europe,
Wildfires are raging in cold places where fires rarely burn: Greenland, Alaska, Siberia,
And here in the United States of America, my country, while Hurricane Dorian besieges our East Coast (see yesterday's post), our West Coast burst into flames yesterday from a new wild fire in the city of Murrieta, south of Los Angeles in the state of California.
1,000 acres have already been destroyed by that fire.
And so its a vicious circle: the global warming causes the fires which cause more global warming.
But the most tragic and destructive fire currently ravaging the planet is, ironically, not one that has been cause by global warming, but one that has been set by humans.
However in recent years cattle and soybean farmers in the country of Brazil, where most of the Amazon rain forest is located, have been deforesting the Amazon, cutting down the vegetation then burning the area to turn it from jungle to cattle grazing and farmland,
Brazil is the world's largest exporter of beef cattle. The United States used to be the world's largest exporter of soy beans, which thrive on the fertile plains of the American West and Midwest.
However the current President of the United States of America,
Subsequently American soy bean farmers are going bankrupt while their fertile fields lie fallow and Brazilian farmers are burning down more of the Amazon rain forest to produce more soy beans to send to China.
And so, dear Future Archivist, that is where we stand today, September 6, 2019.
Scientists tell us that if we are to preserve the planet as the green, verdant, life-filled, productive, beautiful gift given to us by our Creator we must act now to clean our atmosphere of fossil fuel emissions, clean our waters of the pollution, plastic and chemicals we've dumped into our rivers and oceans - well, that's another global problem besides the warming - and change our life styles to become better stewards of the Earth.
Scientists say this is the moment. Some say it's already too late.
Of course, only you of the future know.
And yet at this moment in the history of humankind there is still hope on the horizon..
To be continued...