Truth in the Fiction?

“The Tamarisk Hunter” written by Paolo Bacigalupi explores an alternate story in which California is the only state in the United States that is not suffering from a water shortage. He destroys tamarisk in order to earn money as well as a water bounty.

Although this is climate-fiction, this is quite similar to what we are dealing with currently. The government shutting down the water bounty program, and therefore Lolo, the main protagonists, only way of earning an income as well as money to support himself and his wife, parallels with large cooperations ignoring how much impact that they personally have on the current climate crisis. For example, when companies remind individual people to regulate their carbon footprint while they are causing even more damage to the environment in comparison.

This story allows us to relate to the characters on a personal level and feel what they feel. Despite it being fiction, it assists in us being able to imagine the struggles that could result due to climate change without having to have to experience the issues to the extent as in the climate fiction. However, it may also cause some people allow the word “fiction” take over their thoughts on the matter and think that because the story is not equivalent to our reality, that it is impossible for the hardships exhibited in the text to be possible of happening.

Therefore, I believe that in order to get people to listen and therefore want to fight against the destruction of the natural world, there needs to be a way to connect to people on a personal level, through a novel in this case in which they can relate to the characters, while also maintaining a degree of nonfiction and portraying the risks of not working to prevent the deterioration of the environment as we know it.

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