The year is 2050 and my name is LAME. I currently attend Clinton HighSchool on the outskirts of San Jose. Since the year 1993, no action hasbeen taken to resolve the environmental problems within the US, but thirdworld nations are prospering because they started to preserve their rain-forests. Many US citizens are packing up and heading to Zaire, where largeamounts of coal and oil reserves have been found. Although people feel thatthey will be able to “Strike it rich” in Zaire, they do not know what is tocome in the following years.
Just like the United States, Zaire will becomea nation with a failing economy and no natural resources. The biggest problem in the States is pollution. Air pollution is at anall time high due to our stupidity. We could have stopped the production ofcars and switched to HydroShoes, which run only off of water, like Franceand Germany did, but politicians felt it would be too drastic a change. Furthermore, President Bill Clinton decided to send all of our garbage intospace in 1996 instead of recycling when he introduced Project No-Garbage.
At first this was a good idea, but slowly, we noticed our atmosphere wasfull of milk cartons and banana peels! To clean up this mess, the publicelected President Mick Jagger to deal with the environmental issues. President Jagger became the leader of the country when he promised thepublic that he would clean up the environment and help the economy. Hisfirst action as president was to take care of the massive droughts in theCentral United States. President Jagger had his scientists invent a new wayof seeding clouds to force rain. So, this new process of seeding the cloudsbegan.
Before we knew it, we had a massive hole in the ozone layer rightabove the United States. This hole was the result of the large amounts ofMethane produced in the new cloud seeding method. The outcome of thisproblem was a rapid increase in the number of people with skin cancer. Itseemed that the UV rays let into the atmosphere were causing a rare skincancer known as Canceroskinosis or Skin Cancer.
At the time, there was nocure for this disease, thus the coffin selling business was at an all-timehigh. Almost everyone who did not have the deadly cancer began cutting downthe remaining trees in the country and making coffins out of them. By theyear 2020, most of the US was barren with very little or no vegetation atall. In 2020, President Jimmy Carter returned to office at age 100.
Heeventually became the first three-term president. During his reign as “HeadHoncho”, his team of scientists were able to produce a cure for the skincancer which was killing people as if it was the Bubonic Plague. Althoughskin cancer was being cured, the pollution and the ozone depletion weren’t. Now we leap to the current year, 2050, where President J. J. Brown hastaken office and has become the first black president.
Although someimprovement has been made, there is no chance that the US will ever becomeas strong as it once was. Moreover, it seems the Communist party isplanning to overthrow the government and take control. I probably will notbe around to see this happen since the life expectancy of humans hasdropped so drastically that I’m nearing the end of my life. So much thebetter since all I have to live for is my pet muskrat, Stinky. Yes, youguessed it, muskrats are the only living species besides humans left on theplanet Earth. Now, the most I can hope for is the day I find a bride, butno kids for me, I don’t want my children to have to live through thenightmare I have been living for the past 17 years.