Those mentioned are just the beginning of the list of the disasters of 2017. The US News produced a listicle on other disasters including the monsoon in Sri Lanka and the snowfall in Afghanistan that caused the death of mostly women and children.
As a result of disasters, the literary world has birthed a new genre: Cli-Fi (Climate Fiction). Cli-Fi explores the hardships that may come from climate change. In this new genre, there is a sense of realism and features of dystopia. There have been shortages of books in this genre in contrast to the focus of writers on the political/socio/economic climate, but this genre has been on the rise for a short amount of time and may heighten readers awareness of the frightening potential future. Dan Bloom (journalist and teacher) insisted that Cli-Fi may be the “wake up call” that people need.
Here is a “wake up call” list of blurbs selected from goodreads:
ONE: TC BOYLE, year 2000 A FRIEND OF THE EARTH
1. “MaddAddam” (Trilogy) by Margaret Atwood
“A man-made plague has swept the earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers – a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans…“
2. “The Windup Girl” by Paolo Bacigalupi
“Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen’s Calorie Man in Thailand… he encounters Emiko… the Windup Girl… Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in a chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe. ”
3. “The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future” by Naomi Oreskes and Eric M. Conway
“The year is 2393, and a senior scholar of the Second People’s Republic of China presents a gripping and deeply disturbing account of how the children of the Enlightenment, the political and economic elites of the so-called advanced industrial societies, entered into a Penumbral period in the early decades of the twenty-first century, a time when sound science and rational discourse about global change were prohibited and clear warnings of climate catastrophe were ignored. What ensues when soaring temperatures, rising sea levels, drought, and mass migrations disrupt the global governmental and economic regimes? The Great Collapse of 2093.
This work… reasserts the importance of scientists and the work they do and reveals the self-serving interests of the so called “carbon industrial complex” that have turned the practice of sound science into political fodder.”
4. “Do Not Resuscitate” by Nicholas Ponticello
“Do Not Resuscitate is the firsthand account of Jim Frost, an aging misanthropist who witnessed the rise and fall of the United States as a world power, the digitalization of the planet, the advent of the water wars, and the near collapse of the global economy…”
5. “The Carbon Diaries 2015” by Saci Lloyd
“It’s January 1st, 2015, and the UK is the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing in a drastic bid to combat climate change. As her family spirals out of control, Laura Brown chronicles the first year of rationing with scathing abandon.”