Elsewhere…after millennia roaming and populating Mother Earth, Hugh Mannkind had grown quite scientifically sophisticated. So much so that he understood the dramatic changes Earth was experiencing were not chance occurrences. The increasing drought in some areas, massive flooding in others, growing wildfire threats and melting glaciers were the result of his use of those oh-so-convenient and plentiful fossil fuels.
In 2015, Hugh took stock and determined that to avoid climatic catastrophe, he needed to limit additional atmospheric warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) more than pre-industrial average temperatures. But by 2022, the Earth’s atmosphere had already warmed more than 1degree Celsius. Suddenly, his relatively carefree Earthly journey ended abruptly. A massive, seemingly insurmountable global challenge rose before him. “How will we ever reduce warming rapidly enough to stabilize the climate?” Hugh moaned.
Back at the waterfall Sal carefully studied her siblings’ attempts to gain finholds against the rushing waters. After several failed attempts, Sal leapt to a ledge a few feet up. She was able to hold her position in a relatively calm pool. Then she made another successful leap and another. An overwhelming compulsion to preserve and propagate her species drove her onward. Then with a frantic mighty leap Sal cleared the final hurtle and landed in calmer waters above.
Inspired by Sal’s courageous efforts, Hugh devised several “tools,” each a part of a collaborative climate-stabilizing cocktail including clean energy sources, advanced energy efficiencies, “smart” appliances and energy tools, soil and water carbon sequestration (draw-down) techniques and more. Driven by an overwhelming compulsion to preserve his species’ Earthly home, Hugh is steadfast in his commitment to achieving the goals set in 2015. After all, what other choice does he have? Hugh Mannkind is forever …Earthbound.