In my writing, I’m exploring this idea of the Change. Yes, it is about climate change, but people are asking me if it is more than that – is it also about the political climate of the future? Is it the economy?
Well, I’m working on a trilogy with my series of ‘Mya and Ark’ and what exactly the Change means for this fictional story is evolving. This seems like a good place to scrapbook some of the ideas and inspirations I am discovering for my fictional Change.
I first started making things up online about the Change using a nifty tool called Audioboo.com. It lets me record sound through an app on my phone. In the early days of developing the idea of the Change I was taking inspiration from a climate summit held with world leaders in Copenhagen. You can listen to one of my entries about the Change.
Mya is living with the Change in New York City in the year 2044.
For inspiration for what the Change might be, I follow everyday climate change on Instagram. It is a real peek at the impact climate change is having around the world. Combined with photos, it is a powerful medium to watch the devastation and impact happening to people and the planet. With some of the stories, I like to use my imagination and predict, a few decades into the future, what the full impact will be.
I like to think there is hope. I think sometimes about crowdfunding and how hundreds, thousands of people can pledge money to a project to fund it to success. Well, if millions of people on Earth were to do little things in their everyday lives, would this make a positive impact and reverse the Change? Would we be able to reverse the effects of climate change? Collectively, there is great hope.