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2122, The Year When Climate Change Became Climate Choice: An Energy Saga Weaved into Hearts and Minds

Earth, 2122 – As the sun rises, a flock of micro-bots known as 'Solares' take to the sky, sprouting soft iridescence as they absorb solar energy for the day to power their city in the eerily poetic and green heart of New Manhattan.In this world, the term 'global warming' is merely an ancient adage. The descendants of scientists, activists, and innovators who once led a quixotic fight against this phantom, are today's climate narrators. Guiding humans to coexist symbiotically with the environment, they inspire the public to make conscious climate choices.The most influential of them all is Nylo Tesla, a five-time PM (Planet Minister), lauded for his calm demeanor and his unrelenting commitment to 'choice engineering'. Tesla's heritage goes back 100 years, to the visionary scientist Elon Musk, and his ethos to transform humanity's future through sustainable technologies. The extraordinary 'Clean Energy Act of 2110' marked a transformative peak in Tesla's narrative. It introduced the notion of 'Climate Credits', a unique currency earned for every eco-conscious decision made, establishing a more profound understanding of the cause and effect relationship humans shared with climate change.Tesla's capstone venture in the past decade remains the 'Human Power Plant' project. Pedal machines and kinetic energy harvesting tiles have been installed in public and private spaces across the globe for humans to contribute to their cities' power, rewarded with Climate Credits in return. Gymnast-become-energy pioneer Dara Strong is famously known as the 'Body Dynamo,' who managed to power a small village in Sub Saharan Africa single-handedly for two years.Meanwhile, retail chains are swapping plastic checkout lines for 'Choice Lanes' where each product showcases its carbon footprint, leading to a worldwide shift in consumer behavior. Imaginary brands of the past have given way to retail giants like Cleanfinity and Green Value, taking sustainability beyond a mere marketing gimmick.The greatest achievement, however, holds the disappearance of the word 'pollution' from dictionaries due to the 'Clean Air Act 2102,' making it almost impossible to pollute the environment. How far we've come from the days when climate change was a taboo subject, rarely mentioned, and broadly shied away from. While the fight against climate change has morphed into a lifestyle, let's take a moment to appreciate this beautifully strange world we've inherited, a testament to the power of human determination. The future is indeed now, where every sunrise brings hope for the planet and every decision is a chance to write a fresh green chapter in the epic saga of human survival.
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