It could be more relevant. The waters have risen 50ft (about 15 metres). New York is the New Venice, its streets have become canals, and its skyscrapers are linked with sky bridges and boat taxis. The year is 2140, and humanity did little to slow down climate change.
You may think that it is just harmless science – fiction. Well, maybe.
But temperature is rising, sea level is rising at an increasing rate. In the United States, almost 40 percent of the population lives in relatively high-population-density coastal areas, where sea level plays a role in flooding, shoreline erosion, and hazards from storms.
Earth and life will survive. But will we?
I don’t believe that leaders alone can change things. It’s us that we choose them. And our choice tells the world a lot about us. Each one of us can make a difference, starting by making a conscious effort to think differently. Educate ourselves.
Climate Change is the greatest threat facing our world today. There is no bigger challenge.
New York 2140 is an impressively ambitious and broad in scope novel. The structure is unconventional, and intriguingly complex. The characters, a diverse and disparate group of people that reside in the same building, Manhattan’s MetLife Tower, appeared unrelated, only to be connected when disaster stuck.
Kim Stanley Robinson explores a some great and challenging ideas. Influenced by by the 2008 financial meltdown, he links climate change to today’s highly destructive economic and political reality and explores the social and economic impact of climate change.