Charles Dickens first published his now famous novella “A Christmas Carol” more than 70 years ago — on December 19, 1843, to be exact — and that story has reverberated and resonated worldwide ever since.
With the coming holiday season soon upon us (Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas), a new kind of holiday story recently came to my attention, titled “A Climate Carol” and written by an American short story writer in Ohio.
When I read it online a few days ago, I was blown away by both the author’s storytelling skills and the environmental eco-theme of the 14-page piece.
Let me tell you a few things about this modern Dickensian-style story and how it fits into the world we live in today, where runaway global warming threatens to push human civilization into a dark corner we may never get out from.
However, before I go on, please know that “A Climate Carol” ends on a positive, happy, optimistic note, where ecumenical goodness triumphs over Trumpian greed and all ends well.
To read the story in its entirety, see the link provided in last paragraph of this blog post.
In the fluently-written story you will met characters with names like Wilson Drummond (the proverbial bad guy who later later turns over a new leaf and becomes a champion of human kindess), his long-suffering wife Marina, his mother Gurtie Drummond, his limousine driver Sammie Johnson, and his employee Jericho Reese. And his grand-daughter Lily.
You will also meet several important ghost-like characters, one who calls himself the Ghost of Climate Past, another who says they are the Ghost of the Current Climate in the world, and a third ghost who speaks in a chilling voice reminiscent of the horror movie actor Vincent Price and declares that he is the Ghost of Climate Future.
In the end, we learn that the Scrooge-like Drummond has mended his insensitive ways and become a better human being. He even later becomes President of the United States and turns out to represent all the is good about America.
And his grand-daughter Lily lives to the ripe old age of 93 and looks back with fondness at the strange but redemptive life of her grandfather for the things he later did to protect the environment, save the planet and give back to his workers what he earlier had taken from them: their self-worth.
This little Christmasy short story comes at a special time in America (and the world) and also at a special time of the calendar year, the long holiday season of family gatherings and children’s dreams.
Read the story here and cherish its happy ending. It won’t change your life, but it will re-charge it. Enjoy!