Monday, April 23

The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades...

So, this week's theme is the future.

Having written I Was a Teenage Popsicle (set ten years in the future), I guess I'm supposed to be some sort of expert.

Secret confession: I'm so not. (Though I love watching old Star Trek episodes as much as the next gal. Vastly prefer the 'Next Generation' episodes, though. Just can't handle William Shatner anymore.)

Secret confession #2: I wouldn't even want to be cryonically preserved. Would hate waking up to a future with no friends and even more gadgets to figure out. I have enough trouble with cell phones and laptops. Besides, most people who sign up for cryo-preservation are exlorers, adventurers. (They kinda half to be, 'cuz let's face it: the technology required for successful cryo-preservation is way far off at this point.) I, by contrast, am a cautious homebody. Don't even like going on rides at the fair.

But here's one thing I do know about the future: it's in jeopardy.

If we don't start taking better care of the planet, we could be living in a vastly different world as early as ten to twenty years from now.

We can all do our bit. Do yourself and your loved ones a favor and check out (Suzuki's an ultra-cool Canadian scientist/environmentalist) and sign up for the Nature Challenge to reduce global warming. It's a cinch, I promise--you just have to promise to do a few easy things, like walk, bike or carpool whenever possible.

Here's something else I know about the future: it's in great hands.

The tweens and teens I've spoken to since writing I Was a Teenage Popsicle are completely and totally awesome--super smart and super energetic. If anybody can turn the environment problem around, they can.

Finally, here's the last thing I know about the future: it's bringing you Beyond Cool, the sequel to I Was a Teenage Popsicle (though it can easily be read as a standalone) in August!!!

Love ya!



Wendy Toliver said...

Great post Bev! I don't know about where you all live, but it's fun to go to the Earth Day celebrations and learn about all the ways we can help the future of our planet.


Alyson Noel said...

Hey Bev-
I'm with you, I so don't want to be frozen! I had a bizarre, time warp moment one year when I came home to visit (I was living in Mykonos at the time) and went into a Tower records and saw that all the vinyl records had vanished and were replace by CD's. Greece wasn't quite up to speed back then and it felt really weird knowing there'd been a tech revolution I wasn't even aware of.
But I'm all for saving the planet, I'm an NRDC member, and Laurie David is one of my heroes!
Great Post!

bevrosenbaum said...

Wendy, you rock for doing the Earth day thing! Alyson, your record/cd story is hilarious. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I'M AFRAID OF!
Laurie David is very cool. So is her hubby (Larry David), who, aside from being the funniest person on the planet, squeezes his six foot frame into a Smart car on a daily basis.

Erica Orloff said...

I've been going green for a while now . . . changed out all my bulbs in my house, don't use the air conditioning. I think I turned on the heat for a grand total of 5 days this winter. Just working on it. We need to leave this planet in better shape for our kids. And thanks for the Suzuki site--I registered!

bevrosenbaum said...

Yay, you for registering!!!

Gerb said...

As you can imagine, Tokyoites do all they can to conserve. When you have this many people living in one place, they kind of have to. When we return home, we'll take the good habits with us - separating trash, recycling, walking or biking whenever possible, lights off when we leave the room, etc. They are such small steps, really, but can add up to making a big difference.

Gerb, in the land of the Kyoto Accord

Simone Elkeles said...


I want to live green, too! Although I do love my luxuries, I know sometimes they're not the best for the environment. It's great that books like yours bring "the future" to the forefront of teens minds!

~Simone Elkeles

bevrosenbaum said...

Yay, Gerb! Yay, Simone! (Maybe we just have to change our ideas about what constitutes 'luxury'?!)

Sara Hantz said...

Great post, Bev. It's something I think about all the time. And I know I could do better... but I'm trying!

Kelly Parra said...

Yay! Looking forward to Beyond Cool, Bev!!

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