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Tommy Little

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    “The temperature is rising! The temperature is rising!”

    “Chicken Little believes that the world is coming to an end. The phrase “The sky is falling!” features prominently in the story, and has passed into the English language as a common idiom indicating a hysterical or mistaken belief that disaster is imminent.” (Wiki) Here is a modern version of the tale:

    “The temperature is rising! The temperature is rising!”

    So is the message heard down by the town well, shouted loud and clear by Tommy Little. “Carbon is our master, climate change will ruin us all!” Tommy is worried about the end of the world. Some stop to listen, others are working hard to reduce their energy footprint, using recycling and solar power, and walk on by.

    Tommy’s friend June chides him for such drastic messages, knowing full well that the Earth will survive this transitional era even if humans don’t.

    “No need to sound the alarm Tommy,” she said. “We still have some time to change our polluting ways. The Sky is not yet black!”

    “What about the polar ice caps, we are losing ice while heating the planet?!” lamented Tommy.

    “We are cutting down on CO2 at our factories and we are making an impact,” offered June.

    “Still, I am worried sick. The temperature is rising!”

    Are you a “Tommy Little”?


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    What a wonderful analogy you make here, Mythic Warrior!  Thank you so much for this post, both poignant and befitting!

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