There it is. I have a chronofact. My hands are still shaking. It’s one thing to see pictures, and hear the discovery stories from the other Coasters, to share tangentially in their joy and wonder at the implications of an actual artifact from a possible time to come. It’s quite another to hold that crystalline object in your hand, as if the TARDIS was a real thing and the Doctor had just popped around for tea and your world is changed forever. “Gallifrey” I said when Bets put it in my hands, and she laughed and said yep, I thought the same thing. It’s living time, a snapshot of a language writ in seconds and bits and science so close to magic it’s hard to tell the difference.
I’ve been listening to the decoded voicemails from the last Chronofall, trying to understand what is happening in each one and the possible chain of events that might have led to that outcome. pKnot has encouraged me to blog about my findings, so starting today I’m going to shift the focus of this blog to climate change as it is revealed in the chronofacts we find and decode, and as it relates to our lives in the current time. This particular message struck me because our Antarctica is still mostly covered by snow and ice, and our Arizona is still mostly a dry and heated desert.
But there is precedent here. Cold snaps in the southwest are not some flight of fancy, and there is plenty of data on the rate of ice melting in Antarctica, for example. But could it ever be warm enough to swim? Perhaps you’ve heard of American distance swimmer, Lynne Cox, who actually swam briefly in those sub-zero waters. However, there’s some doubt our future heirs will all be hanging out on the Pine Island Bay beach. Which in no way diminishes the fact that Antarctica is not immune to climate change, and what happens there will have a decided impact on the rest of the globe. And don’t forget about the volcano.
Posting this here as a reminder to myself to get enough sleep! I’ve spent the last couple of weeks getting up to speed on chronofacts, climate change, and wrapping my brain around the idea of voicemails from the future. My new best buddy pKnot has sworn me to secrecy on some of the more salient details, but the science is there, and I can’t not believe that these are glimpses of possible futures. More to come! I am still working my way through the data, and I will have lots to share with you in posts to come. In the meantime, you can go over to futurecoast.org and check it all out for yourself.