Question: Mr Bloom, do you think your polar cities work will ever be recognized or validated (in your lifetime, or perhaps sometime later?)
DAN BLOOM, on January 21, 2013 ANSWERS: Judhing from the way the print and online media have mostly ignored my ideas and illustrations and forecasts about POLAR CITIES for survivors of climate chaos in the DISTANT FUTURE, say 2500 AD, if not sooner, except for one good story in the New York Times in March 31, 2008 and a rather snarky piece in Gizmodo and also in Geekologie, ....I'm pretty sure that my work, both as a blogger and book producer for POLAR CITY RED and POLAR CITY DREAMING, one novel and one nonfiction history, by authors Jim Laughter and Stephan Malone, respectively, will never be recognized in my lifetime (1949 - 2032). And I accept this and I understand this. I am talking about things that people do not want to talk about or even hear about. So recognition and validation of my polar cities work will come later, after I am gone, perhaps 100 or 2oo or 300 years later, and I am okay with this. I never did this for fame or money or career advancement. But I know exactly why I started on this path and I know exactly what I am doing, and time will tell. In fact, I do not want to be right, I do not want to be correct. I want to be wrong about all this. Let me be wrong. But I am at peace with all this, I have done what I set out to do, which was to raise the alarm, and to raise an important issue of adaptation through polar cities, or whatever they are called later on, since they will NOT be cities per se nor will they be sited at the POLES per se. A prophet is never recognized in his or her own lifetime. It comes with the territory. That is why one sticks one's neck out. Because you know in your heart and your mind that you are on to something important. So you soldier on, you trek on, without recognition or validation. I got enough validation from a handful of scienetists I have been in contact with since 2006 to know that I was on the right path, for me. This was a team effort. Dr James Lovelock was my teacher here. He said a genereal always know a good retreat and in this case, the best retreat he said himself is toward the poles. Lovelock said that. I took him up on it and created POLAR CITIES for those who make the trek toward the poles. We shall see what the future holds. Meanwhile, I am not finished with my PR work yet. I have a few more good years left to finish what I started, and of course, we won't need polar citities for another 30 generations, so there is still time. MEANWHILE, the two books that Laughter and Malone wrote will stand in the archives of humankind for a long time to come, too.
NOTES: ....a writer at Green Blog comments at NYT named ivermarkt from
PASADENA says it well here, re future thinking re polar cities and how
we are stuck now in the presdent and are afraid of longterm thinking:
"Somehow, I find that studying past climatological
patterns and effects on sea level, do more of disservice to lending
credibility to the persuasiveness for taking the current global
warming threat seriously. Unless scientists can find a record of an
historic period that had the equivalent carbon dioxide level rise that
exists today, and determine what effects that that had on sea level;
what's the point of simply measuring other periods of sea level
Certainly nothing is static on this planet nor this universe, so
certainly variations can be found with almost everything. It seems
that, all pointing these out do, is give the naysayers a somewhat
valid leg to stand on when they say we should do nothing, because
changes have occurred in the past, therefore why do anything today?
AND THE KEY QUOTE, Andy, IS HERE: ''The passive sound of phrases such
as "in maybe 1000 years" re climate
chaos; don't necessarily give much of a sense of urgency. Maybe to the
scientific community, it does; but when non-scientific minded
politicians see long range sounding talk, like that, they just
probably kind of shrug and think: Ain't,my problem, baby; and don't
even bother thinking about it. Same with much of the general public.
It's like what really gets people thinking about buying fire
insurance, isn't until the house next door burns down, or a fire in
their own kitchen.''