Seeing Climate Change In The Mind’s Eye, Part 2
Your Climate Change Monsters, Revealed; The face of climate change, as chosen by Atlas Obscura readers.
Natasha Frost, February 23, 2018 (Atlas Obscura)
“Climate change is scary. Climate change monsters, it turns out, are too. For decades, people have been inspired by dramatic environmental changes when coming up with creatures and horrorscapes. One of the most famous is Frankenstein’s monster, who emerged from the mind of Mary Shelley during what was known as The Year Without a Summer…[Almost 100 Atlas Obscura readers submitted their visions of climate change] with creatures scaly and slimy, humanoid and extraterrestrial. Some come from the top of the planet, while others thrive at the bottom of the ocean…”
From Dave Froom: “I can’t shake the image of polar bears moving into southern territories and adapting in terrible ways. Shedding every bit of their white fur due to rising temperatures, the pitch-black skin beneath is exposed, causing them to appear unnatural, as if they’re living shadows. Though losing their fur has allowed them to survive in the scorching heat, other animals are less fortunate, and the bears grow lean and bony, ever more wraith-like. Slowly but surely, the burrowing rodents of the baked forests and runty fish of the polluted rivers can no longer sustain them. The shadow bears move into small towns and settlements, setting their ebony gaze on the one thing to survive this calamity intact—us.” click here for more