She’s scrolling her Facebook feed on the train to work. Cute dog pics. Baby photos. And then another post grabs her, the headline screaming, ‘High likelihood of human civilisation coming to end by 2050.’ She clicks through. Runaway climate change could create a ‘Hothouse Earth’ scenario. Mass die-off in the Amazon. Drought. Wildfires. Famine. More than a billion refugees. She reaches the end of the article, sees the flashing ads for wedding dresses and baby formula. She scrolls back up.
After a few minutes, she turns off the phone and tucks it underneath her pregnant belly. She stares out the train window, and keeps staring for the next 15 minutes, frozen, silent.