A hundred years without humans. The plants covered up whole cities. There is not even a single building that is fully intact. Most of the man-made things disappeared under plants, just like the people once disappeared. It is quiet. No cars, no yelling and no fighting.

Mother Earth had enough. She gave the humans 2036 chances. Each human. Every single year a new chance. She thought they would change. There was no 2037th chance. It was the first Sylvester without fireworks since she could remember. Mother Earth welcomed the peace. The humans knew the consequences, she had warned them uncountable times. The Homo sapiens made their choice.

After a hundred years passed, the climate is still changing. The changes are different now, but the damage is done. There was no stopping climate change. Mother Earth wiped the humans out just before they would have done it themselves.

There are new animals and plants. They have evolved. Maybe they can survive the new climate. Mother Earth was hopeful. Animals and plants are predictable. They make good choices. Simple choices just to survive. Humans on the other hand are selfish. Humans want more than just surviving. They had to go. Now everything seems to be better.

But Mother Earth got a new feeling. It was creeping up to her. She never had this feeling before. She got bored, humanlike. Did she make the wrong choice?

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    Lotchie Carmelo
    Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
    1 year ago

    This is a story that makes me compute, 2036 – 2021 = 15 years from now. I don’t like my thoughts, which gives me fear – fear for myself and the family in case mother earth wipes us out. And these are the lines that really stuck in my mind, “Mother Earth wiped the humans out just before they would have done it themselves.” and “Humans on the other hand are selfish.”… Read more »

    Marianna Pieterse
    Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
    1 year ago

    Laura, I agree with Lotchie. This is a great reminder to be mindful of our own tendencies to be selfish and destructive. This is a great story.

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