Climate activist says God told him to prepare world for ''polarLONDON -- A self-described modern-day "Jeremiah" says prayerful vision led to
cities'' for survivors of ''climate chaos'' in 2121 AD but his vision lacks
clarity, direction, even purpose, writes Samson Dada, budding UK journalist
insight into the need for polar cities for survivors of climate chaos
in future. However, the American climate activist has many holes in his
theory and his hunch about the future might not hold up to scientific analysis.
A new novel titled ''POLAR CITY RED'' by Tulsa writer Jim Laughter tells fictional story
of family in a polar city in Alaska in year 2075; some call it ''cli
fi'', others call it ''sci fi'' -- whatever it is, the novel is a
climate thriller, entertaining read and full science, too.
But pioneering American climate activist, Danny Bloom, says
that in a prayerful vision four years ago, God told him to prepare
humankind for ''polar cities" for survivors of "climate chaos" in 2121
A.D. and yet he has no proof of this. Calling himself a modern-day
Jeremiah, the soft-spoken climate
activist, 63, tells me in a recent email that by 2121 A.D., billions
of people will die in
massive human die-offs due to devastating climate change impacts of
excessive heat waves, widespread drought, and a dire lack of food,
fuel and shelter for billions of climate refugees.
But I must ask him and he must provide a lot more information about
his so-called ''prayerful vision'' with God.
For example, what day and time did it happen? What country did it
happen in? Was his vision
in his bedroom at home?
Can he tell me what God said word for word?
And this: How did God appear to him? Did he appear unexpectedly or did Mr Bloom
pray to God asking him to appear?
If Mr Bloom cannot answer these questions, then his whole enterprise
seems full of holes. He is
not a clergman, he is not a scientist, he does not hold a PHD, he has
not sponsors. So it does look
like his polar cities ideas are not really worth considering until he
can offer proof, either scientific or religious.
So far, he has no leg to stand on.
Some other questions that Bloom must answer:
How is his opinion about the consequences of global warming
different from what Jim Laughter writes in the novel Polar City Red?
If he commissioned Jim Laughter to write this novel, why doesn't
he mention Bloom on his website?
The problem, in my opinion, is that the polar cities vision story
happened four years ago, so why would a
reporter in the UK want to write about it now. It seems like old news,
and silly news.
"I see dead people," Bloom says. "Billions of dead people. But at the
same time, I see hope, too, for those
remaining remnants surviving in polar cities."
Bloom, a 1971 graduate of Tufts University, has been discussing,
planning, designing and pre-siting "polar cities" for global warming
survivors since 2008, when
New York Times reporter Andrew C. Revkin interviewed him about his
work (google "dot earth + polar cities" for link).
that there are no solutions to fixing the problems of global warming,
and that it is already too late to stop what he calls The Great
Interruption, when humankind will die in massive die-offs in the
distant future, leaving only remnants of humans alive
in polar cities scattered across the northern regions of Earth (and in
New Zealand and Australia, too).
"God told me in a prayerful vision that only man-made 'polar cities'
will save the human species from extinction," Bloom says. "I am an
optimist and I have hope that polar cities will serve God's purpose."
In addition to promoting ''polar cities'' as the only real and
''workable''solution to climate change problems, Bloom also
commissioned a Christian writer in Oklahoma to write a religious novel
about polar cities titled "Polar City Red".
"Jim Laughter's novel is the first literary novel to ever talk about polar
cities, and it deserves a wide readership, both as entertainment and
as serious and prayerful thinking. Time is running out,'' Bloom says,
''and the time to start discussing, planning, pre-siting and even
pre-building polar cities is now.
Brief synopsis of ''Polar City Red'' -- ''It's 2075 in Alaska and
global warming has destroyed the Earth's ecosystems worldwide, and
mllions of people have had to trek north to find shelter polar cities
in the Arctic region. Not everyone gets in: there are Godless
scavengers out on the tundra murdering for good and supplies. It's a
character-driven novel, and a fast read. And it's more than just
explosions and murders. And it ends on a note of hope and prayerful
Mr. Laughter's 200-page novel explores how faith and religion will survive in a
post-apocalyptic world, and asks questions like: "Would mankind's sins
of the past follow him into the future?"
While it paints a picture that is "not a pretty picture", it also
ends on a note in the final chapter of hope and moral optimism. So
it's a positive book, and not a downer,
as one might expect from the theme. In fact, Laughter offers hope for humankind.
Read ''Polar City Red'', set in the near future after God's wrath and
man's stupidity destroys the ecosystem of the Earth. It's science
fiction -- for now!
Still, without Mr Bloom being able to answer exactly how God
instructed him to offer his
vision of polar cities to the world, it seems to this reporter that
his entire work is questionable,
very iffy and probably left ignored and undiscussed, since he cannot
Polar cities? A vision from God? I think this entire story is silly. I
am only reporting what I have
found after detailed discussions with Mr Bloom proved fruitless and