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Letter

Letter
written in the year
written in
2070 the year
2070

This document was first


published by the
magazine

Cronica de los

We are in the year


2070
Ive just turned 50 but my
appearance is of an 85 year
old person. I have serious
kidney problems because I
drink very little water. I
believe that Ive little time
left.

Today Im one of the oldest


persons in our society!!!

I remember when I was 5 years


old
Everything was different.
There were many trees in the
parks, the houses had nice
gardens and I was able to enjoy
a bath or a take long shower.
Today we use hygienic tissues to
clean our skin, humidified in
mineral oil!

In the past women


showed their
beautiful hair.
Today we have to
shave our heads to
keep them clean
without the use of
water.
Back then my father
washed his car with
the water which came
out from the water
house

Today the children

cant believe that

Iremember that they


were many
Announcements that
said :

Dont waste
water
Only that anybody
cared; everybody
thought that water
will never finish.

Today all the rivers,


dams, lakes
and

Huge deserts replace the


landscape which is all
around of us.
Gastro-intestinal
infections, skin
diseases and diseases of
the urinary evacuation
system are the main
causes of death.

The industry is paralyzed and


unemployment is dramatic.
The desalination factories are the main
source of employment and they pay you
with one drink of water instead of a
salary.

People are constantly being mugged for water on the


deserted streets.
80% of the food is synthetic.

Before, it was recommended that an adult drink 8 glasses


of water a day.
Today, I am allowed only half a glass.

Since we cannot wash our clothes, we throw them, which


increases the amount of trash.
We had to go back to using septic tanks, just like in the
past century, because the sewage system stopped working
due to the lack of water.

People look scary: their bodies are weak; parched by


extreme dehydration; covered by sores caused by
ultraviolet rays that the atmosphere can no longer filter
since the ozone layer is depleted.

Due to the dryness of her skin, a young 20 year-old woman


looks more like 40.

Scientists perform all types


of research and investigations,
but there is no solution in
sight.
We cannot produce water.

The lack of trees reduces the amount of oxygen


available, which in turn lowers the
intellectual quotient of up-coming generations.

The morphology of many individuals spermatozoa was


altered...

which results in
children being born with
all sorts of
deficiencies, mutations
and malformations.

The government even makes us pay a tax for the air we


breathe:
137
m3 per adult per day.
[31,102 gallons]
Those who cant pay the tax are
expulsed from the ventilated areas
that are equipped with gigantic
mechanical lungs, powered by solar
energy.

The air supplied in the ventilated areas is not of very good quality, but at least
one can breathe there.
The average age is 35.

Some countries succeeded in preserving a few islands of


vegetation with their own streams. These areas are closely
monitored by the army.

Water has become a rare


commodity, a highly
sought after treasure,
infinitely more valuable
than gold or diamonds.

Here, though, there are no more trees because it hardly


ever rains. And whenever it does rain, it is acid rain
that comes down.

There are no more seasons. Climatic


changes such as the greenhouse effect
and the polluting activities we indulged in
during the twentieth century took care of
that.
We were warned about the need to take care of our environment, but nobody
bothered.

When my daughter asks me to tell her how it was when I was young, I describe
the beauty of the forests.

I tell her about the rain, about the


flowers, about how pleasurable it was
to bathe, to fish in the rivers and the
lakes, and being able to drink as much
water as one desired.
I tell her about how healthy people
used to be.

She asks me:


- Daddy! Why is there no water anymore ?

I feel a lump in my
throat...

I cant help feeling guilty,


because I belong to the
generation that completed
the destruction of our
environment by simply not
taking seriously any of the
warnings ... and there were
so many of them!

I belong to the last


generation who could have
made a difference, but who
chose not to act.

Today, our children pay


the hefty price.

Quite frankly, I think that, within short, life on this


Earth will no longer be possible, because the destruction
of our environment reached its point of no return.

How I wish I could go back in time and get the Human race
to understand this ...

... at a time when it was still possible for us


to do something to save our planet Earth!