This week in class we are discussing “The Tamarisk Hunter” by Paolo Bacigalupi. This story in its many layers discusses the future impacts of global warming. In a world where water is limited, characters are forced to find excessive ways to survive. For only $2.88 a day, one of the characters is forced to pluck tamarisk in order to provide for their family.
Not only does this story highlight the environmental changes to global warming, but the economic changes as well. In a post-apocalyptic world, these lower class individuals are struggling to make ends meet. As a result, they have to resort to alternative ways to get resources. In relation to today’s society. We live in a world where wealth can grant you safety and security. The problem with this ideology is that the rich benefit off the poor. In addition, at the moment the world is suffering, but there is still time to recover it. In the story The Tamarisk Hunter, it seemed as if time was almost irrelevant to the stage of the world. The world was already pushed to the point of no return. Consequently, characters are now desparate for resources such as water and money.
But that’s not to say that these actions do not occur in our everyday society. Most upper class individuals value the growth of their wealth rather than the well-being of the poor. Furthermore, there is very little change happening towards global warming. We are taking action, but not fast enough. Sooner or later, we will regret creating a world that is no longer sustainable. We will turn into a “post-apocalyptic” era where even wealth will not be able to hold value anymore. Instead, survival would be the main priority. Bacigalupi foreshadows an inhabitable world through the eyes of two lower class individuals, but so far, it seems like we’re heading straight into our downfall.