Monday, February 6, 2012

Re-imagining Humanity as the Earth Heats Up Due to Global Warming Causing Billions to Migrate North to Polar Cities as Safe Refuges

A global contest for people around the world invites written works or
videos that tell hopeful stories about new ways for humans to survive
after global-warming caused climate chaos forces billions of climate
refugees to migrate north in search of polar cities as climate refuges
on a warmed-up Earth in the not so distant future

The Great Work: Re-imagining Humanity as the Earth Heats Up Due to
Global Warming Causing Billions to Migrate North to Polar Cities as
Safe Refgues
is sponsored by the Polar Cities Project --

Winning written entries will be published in newspapers and on climate
and survivalist blogs worldwide, and winning videos will be screened
on YouTube.

“Turbulent times are coming in the not so distant future, bringingclimate chaos, and ensuing environmental, economic and socialdisruptions,” says Danny Bloom of the Polar Cities Project. “They willalso present huge opportunities to re-imagine how we live will on

Earth on a warmed up planet.”

If we are reluctant to change, it may be because we don’t have enough
good stories about how we might live and survive as a human species on
this changing planet,” Bloom says. “Engineers have some ideas about
greener technology, but as big a challenge is to imagine new ways of
thinking about what we value the most -- success, community,
happiness, and human thriving. That’s why we are looking for new
stories that bring our values and aspirations together with our best
scientific and social information to create meaningful options for
embracing the future of climate chaos and polar cities for millions,
perhaps billions, of climate refugees.”

The contest takes its title from the visionary moral thinker Thomas
Berry. Berry wrote that “the Great Work” is for the human species to
transform ourselves from destructive forces into co-creators of the
planet’s ecological abundance. Or, as Bill McKibben, founder of the campaign, puts it, “The physical world will be degraded --
there is no doubt about that. But perhaps the human world can still be
made sweeter, deeper, more open.”

The deadline for submissions is April 20, 2012 -- EARTH DAY!

The Great Work is open to written and video entries in any genre:
documentary, essay, opinion, creative. “We want to hear from people
young and old in engineering and agriculture, music and creative
writing, fisheries, pharmacy, every field,” said Bloom. “Everybody has
a role in the ‘Great Work.’”

Contest guidelines and submission information can be found on the
Polar Cities Project website:

FMI: contact the project's student intern, Biko Lang,


Dear Dr. Gloom, er, Bloom,
Here's my submission to your contest. Send the prize soon. I'm broke.

The Uber-Rich Step Up

Mayor Bloomberg has vowed
to take shorter showers. The Koch brothers
are lowering the thermostat two degrees
in every one of their mansions. Rupert Murdoch
has ordered a fleet of Priuses
for his domestic staff.

When all the billionaires
of the Walton family changed to compact
fluorescent light bulbs, they saved enough energy
to buy Corpus Christi, Texas.

Corporations are doing their part, too:
Goldman Sachs is making compost
with five years of shredded account sheets,
while British Petroleum is recycling
advertising strategies from the tobacco industry.
Whole mountains are being removed
in the effort to bring you clean coal.

Change is in the air. Citizens,
we invite you to sit back
and watch it all happen on television.

-- submitted by Charles Goodrich, Oregon USA

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