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  • Reneem Dwaik

The Destruction of the Sun (Creative)

The problem with talking about sustainability:

1- Why do some people feel climate change isn’t really their problem to solve?

2- Deconstructing climate change jargon

3- Guilt-tripping the everyday person

4- Different attitudes when talking about the environment

In 2011, I naively believed like most people plagued with mainstream news that the world will end in 2012. If you are too young to understand this phenomenon, in short, I will tell you that many believed the end is near and that on the 21st of December, 2012 there will be a slew of events that will bring about the end of the world. There was even a movie about it as expected from Hollywood to monetize mass hysteria. At that time, I was still a senior at high school and I felt that the universe was being unfair with its decision to end the world before giving me a chance to live first. My thought trajectory circulated around the idea that I have done nothing wrong to deserve this.

My brain has connected the imminent extinction of the human race with a story my science teacher once told us in 6th grade about the sun. The sun is only a star just like the many shiny ones that once upon a time our ancestors used to navigate their way. The sun will one day expand and cool down to become a red giant, then it will shrink and heat up to become a dwarf, then it will gradually cool down and die and become like all the little stars in our galaxy. Our teacher immediately followed that fact with the ‘don’t worry’ speech ‘this won’t happen for billions of years we won’t even be here”

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