A Letter From The Year 2070


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A very poignant and strong message that describes what life "might" be like in the year 2070 if we keep going. Dire warnings about a looming water crisis and the repercussions it will have on civilization.

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  • although its quite exaggerated but i agree for the presentation
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  • the letter is emphasized to us, to wake up and move onward do the things which is against for 2070. so come on people let do the things right
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  • interesting presentation.......with great outcome' ... what a great young mind' .... good job' very well done indeed.
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  • New technologies and intelligence medications should help make up for the deficiencies. However, if that happens, eventually people will start to resemble (but not literally be) cyborgs. My guess is that people would have to keep a computer in their face with the info staring right at them at almost all times for them to learn, let alone remember these newly 'learned' facts. With current human knowledge capacities expanding at an almost, if not exponential rate, you can expect for total transformation of the atmosphere or revival of the modern climate through the use of these advanced technologies. The technological singularity will have, in my opinion, undoubtedly occurred, and as such, these problems will have been accounted for and a 'cure' or 'coping mechanism' will have already been developed, especially if we fail to prevent this. We are getting to the point where we are almost able to change our very biology as the human race. We have 59 years to do this. 59 years of knowledge exponentially growing, and likely a couple decades after the technological singularity. And if neurology can get off its ass and starting doing more fluent research on the relations between the I.Q. and oxygen, research the process of how oxygen increases the I.Q. then we may be able to find a way to rewire/reprogram/change our brains to feed off of CO2 instead of oxygen. But I have my doubts about the amount of time we have to do this, but with the explosion of knowledge being past comprehension of the modern human brain then shouldn't that mean we would know how to reprogram our brains? And with this kind of knowledge, we should be able to easily create water from oxygen and hydrogen. Even with the lack of oxygen on Earth, we have another place to harvest oxygen from to create water. Mars, yes I said Mars. If man can terraform Mars into a lush, green, and not to mention, a clean slate to start over with, planet then we can balance carbon emissions with the amount of photosynthesis (correct my grammar if it is incorrect please) of plants and plankton then we can create our oxygen and use it for water. (but there probably wouldn't be enough for air) And then the we can create facilities here on Earth, where the urine can be made into water, then use the process of electrolysis and either send it back to mars then repeat and create a renewable survival source (and jobs). I don't think we can reuse that oxygen on earth due to the enormous amount of plants, animals, and quite frankly, atmosphere we would have to help and we wouldn't get any more oxygen either, it would just stay at the same amount, remember, there has always been the exact same amount of matter in the universe since the big bang (in theory). Or you can reuse it on earth and let the carbon emissions and photosynthesis give back the oxygen to the Human Martians. But if you don't send some of that oxygen back then you better hope mars has a lot of fuel for those carbon emissions. And by the way, the ecosystem was meant to have coal be coal, and not burning coal, so natural processes won't make coal a renewable resource, I think, correct me if i'm wrong. We are humans. We are from Africa. Africans have had a tendency to have a higher survival rate in these kinds of situations. But considering the fact that we are all Africans in some indirect or direct way, we will find a way to avoid this. Guaranteed.
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  • its so tuoching!!! i cant help feeling a lump on my throat...
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A Letter From The Year 2070

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  2. 2. We are in the year 2070. I just turned 50 years old, but I look 85. I experience major kidney problems, because I drink very little water. I think that I don’t have much more time to live. Today, I am the oldest person living in this society.
  3. 3. I remember, when I was 5 years old There were lots of trees in the parks, houses had beautiful gardens, and I could enjoy long baths and stay in the shower for one whole hour. everything was very different. Now, we have to clean ourselves by using disposable towelettes moisturized with mineral oil.
  4. 4. Before, women were proud of their beautiful hair. Before, my father used to wash his car with water that came out of a hose. Today, children find it hard to believe that one ever could use water to perfom such a task. Now, we have to shave our head to keep it clean without using water.
  5. 5. I remember the many warnings: ”DON’T WASTE WATER” But nobody paid attention. People assumed that water was unlimited.   Today, rivers, dams, lagoons, and under-ground water are all either irremediably polluted or completely dried up.
  6. 6. The landscape that surrounds us has turned into nothing more than an immense desert. Gastro-intestinal infections, and skin and urinary tract diseases have now become the main causes of death.
  7. 7. Industry is paralysed, and the jobless rate reached a dramatic level. Desalination plants are the main employers. They give one drinking water instead of a salary.
  8. 8. People are constantly being mugged for water on the deserted streets. 80% of the food is synthetic.
  9. 9. Before, it was recommended that an adult drink 8 glasses of water a day. Today, I am allowed only half a glass.
  10. 10. Since we cannot wash our clothes, we throw them, which increases the amount of trash. We had to go back to using septic tanks, just like in the past century, because the sewage system stopped working due to the lack of water.
  11. 11. People look scary: their bodies are weak; parched by extreme dehydration; covered by sores caused by ultraviolet rays that the atmosphere can no longer filter since the ozone layer is depleted.
  12. 12. Due to the dryness of her skin, a young 20 year-old woman looks more like 40. The lack of trees reduces the amount of oxygen available, which in turn lowers the intellectual quotient of up-coming generations.   Scientists perform all types of research and investigations, but there is no solution in sight. We cannot produce water.
  13. 13. The morphology of many individuals’ spermatozoa was altered... … which results in children being born with all sorts of deficiencies, mutations and malformations.
  14. 14. The government even makes us pay a tax for the air we breathe: 137 m3 per adult per day. [31,102 gallons] Those who can’t pay the tax are expulsed from the “ventilated areas” that are equipped with gigantic mechanical lungs, powered by solar energy. The air supplied in the “ventilated areas” is not of very good quality, but at least one can breathe there. The average age is 35.
  15. 15. Some countries succeeded in preserving a few islands of vegetation with their own streams. These areas are closely monitored by the army. Water has become a rare commodity, a highly sought after treasure, infinitely more valuable than gold or diamonds.
  16. 16. Here, though, there are no more trees because it hardly ever rains. And whenever it does rain, it is acid rain that comes down. There are no more seasons. Climatic changes such as the greenhouse effect and the polluting activities we indulged in during the twentieth century took care of that. We were warned about the need to take care of our environment, but nobody bothered.
  17. 17. When my daughter asks me to tell her how it was when I was young, I describe the beauty of the forests. I tell her about the rain, about the flowers, about how pleasurable it was to bathe, to fish in the rivers and the lakes, and being able to drink as much water as one desired. I tell her about how healthy people used to be.
  18. 18. She asks me: I feel a lump in my throat... - Daddy! Why is there no water anymore ?
  19. 19. I can’t help feeling guilty, because I belong to the generation that completed the destruction of our environment by simply not taking seriously any of the warnings ... and there were so many of them! I belong to the last generation who could have made a difference, but who chose not to act.
  20. 20. Today, our children pay the hefty price.
  21. 21. Quite frankly, I think that, within short, life on this Earth will no longer be possible, because the destruction of our environment reached its point of no return.
  22. 22. How I wish I could go back in time and get the Human race to understand this ... ... at a time when it was still possible for us to do something to save our planet Earth!
  23. 23. Send this letter to all your contacts and contribute, even if it is only by a fraction, to the necessary global awareness on the water issue. This is no game, it is already our reality. Do it for your children; if you don’t have any yet, maybe you will some day. Don’t leave them hell as a legacy ... Leave them life! Auteur : Ria Ellwanger, en collaboration avec Lopez Chavez Ariel Alahin [email_address] , alainlopez909@hotmail.com Texte : revue "Crónica de los Tiempos“, d’avril 2002. Musique: Chopin - Tristesse Images : Getty Images Traduction française “maison”: Eva Sagasti generationsfutures.net Free English translation: Daniel T. Brunner [email_address]