As the snowflakes melted | Sunday Observer

As the snowflakes melted

14 May, 2023

Part 1 Chapter 4 (second segment)

(Continued from April 30)

Kasun goes back to Sabrina’s place to find her sitting on the couch, her eyes glued to the television screen. The international news channel is on, and Kasun can see images of extreme weather patterns spreading across the world.

“What’s going on?” Kasun asks, his curiosity piqued.

“It’s the extreme weather phenomenon,” Sabrina replies, her tone grim. “It’s spreading further south and causing chaos everywhere.”

Kasun watches as the news report shows heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures in the American Midwest and Europe, causing massive disruptions in transportation and daily life.

“It’s scary to think about,” Kasun remarks.

“Yes, it is,” Sabrina agrees. “And it’s not just the weather. Look at this,” she points to the screen as the news report switches to footage of crowds mobbing snowbound airports in Europe, trying to catch the last of the flights to the equatorial region.

Kasun watches in shock as the camera pans over the crowds, some of whom are holding signs that read “Save our lives” and “We can’t survive in the cold.”

The news report then cuts to footage of a large number of Europeans arriving at an airport in Ghana, where they are greeted by protesting locals.

“It’s not fair,” one Ghanaian says on camera. “People from wealthy nations can cross borders easily, while we are stuck here struggling to survive.”

Kasun looks at Sabrina, feeling overwhelmed by the situation. “What can we do?”

“I don’t know,” Sabrina admits. “But we need to be prepared for the worst. Who knows what the future holds?”

Kasun nods in agreement, feeling a sense of unease settle in his stomach. The world seemed to be changing faster than he had ever imagined, and he wasn’t sure if he was ready for it.

Kasun and Sabrina watched as the news report shifted to a trailer for a documentary about the last ice age. The narrator’s voice boomed through the speakers, “In the last ice age, the world was a very different place. Massive ice sheets covered much of the northern hemisphere, and sea levels were much lower than they are today. But what caused this drastic change in the Earth’s climate?”

Sabrina turned to Kasun, her eyebrows raised in curiosity. “This looks interesting. I’ve always been fascinated by the science behind climate change.”

Kasun nodded in agreement, “Yeah, it’s crazy to think that we could be heading towards another one.” As the trailer continued, they saw images of glaciers, icebergs, and frozen landscapes, interspersed with interviews from scientists and experts in the field.

“The last ice age was triggered by changes in the Earth’s orbit and tilt, which caused the planet to receive less solar radiation,” the narrator explained. “But today, many scientists believe that human activity is the main cause of climate change, with the burning of fossil fuels releasing large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.”

They watched in silence as the trailer ended, the screen fading to black.