May 18, 2169.
The Time for Change is Now
So we’d finally done it. I always had a feeling this would happen, but did anyone listen? All those protests, rallies, and the support…was it for nothing? But nevertheless, we had finally caused the horrendous destruction of earth.
I’ll always remember the stories I was told as a kid about the clear skies, the workers, and the colourful animals that once walked these lands. The pictures were now like fairytales or a dream too far to reach. I grabbed an old photo album stating ‘2020’, and start flipping through the pages.
“Zach?” my wife, Lydia, curiously asks as she peeps around the corner. “Why so deep in thought?”
“It’s nothing,” I stated as I closed the book. “Just been looking through grandfathers pictures”
“Oh. Well, it’s almost time to leave for the opening ceremony” she reminded me as I glance at the clock.
“You’re right. Must of slipped out of my mind.” In all honesty, I didn’t want to go. It was just a reminder how much we’d failed the earth, and continued on like nothing was wrong.
It was a ceremony to release the ‘new and improved’ engineering bots. With the advancement of technology throughout the years, we now had bots take over the majority of our occupations and population. It put so much harm on our employment rates, that those who needed to work could no longer do so to afford a living.
To further complicate matters, since the first Service Bot came to be in 2101, the government had created numerous factories to create bot that could aid senior citizens and replace workers. They’d cleared so much land and luscious greenery, that the skies above had turned an eerie grey. With all the factories’ toxic chemicals, there is a lack of clean air to breathe for the remaining endangered plants and animals. It’s infuriating knowing that we, as humans who live on this earth, have acknowledged this crisis, but have done nothing to fix the problem.
“Hey! It’s time to go,” exclaimed Lydia.
“I’ll be right there.”
This earth has already faced it’s doom. But, as Harrison Ford said, “failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently”. And I, Zachary Sean Hunter, was going to fulfil my destiny to change the world for the better.
By Evelyn Pun – Grade 12