Up for some speculation???Here's the perfect scenario for a science fiction novel: The Environmental Protection Agency declares carbon dioxide a poisonous, hazardous substance. All humans exhale...

Up for some speculation???

Here's the perfect scenario for a science fiction novel:

The Environmental Protection Agency declares carbon dioxide a poisonous, hazardous substance. All humans exhale carbon dioxide. World leaders gather to discuss ways to lessen the danger of rising carbon dioxide levels. Their conclusion is that human population must be controlled, beginning with limiting family size worldwide.

Could this happen??????

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Sounds like the basis for a future Margaret Atwood dystopian novel! Great idea, when do we get to see the finished manuscript! Isn't it interesting how many novels are coming out painting bleak pictures of earth post-environmental oblivion! I agree with #10 - we already have seen population limitation adopted by some nations as a viable strategy which has had success in limiting numbers, though raising problems in other areas. We do also need to read such novels with a pinch of salt, putting to one side our credibility. So go on - write the book and wow us with your literary talent!

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Hi, Linda!  Long time, no connect!  :)  I love your idea.  Of course I think it could happen.  Look at China, and other countries which now limit their populations due to the fact that the number of citizens is overcrowding the space the country has for its population to live, work, produce food, etc.  We as a world population are so in tune to health issues, human rights' issues, and environmental issues, why is it so improbable that governments would pass laws with regard to what's best for the whole?  Most sci-fi books also require the reader to suspend his or her beliefs in order for the story to work, as well.  There are many faults we can find with Star Wars or even military films (my husband, the former Marine, is a great one for criticizing the military films and all the mistakes they make in protocol or the way the planes or firearms work).

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Science fiction is a genre of fiction in which the stories often use science and technology as part of the plot or backdrop.These stories involve partially true-partially fictitious laws or theories of science. Quite frequently these stories relate to science or technology running wild. So I guess your story could be science fiction. Keep in mind that plants use carbon dioxide in photosynthesis, so this might raise issues that need addressed for the reader.

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drmonica | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Wow! What a scenario. In response to your question, could this happen, yes, I believe that it is possible, but not probable. I think it is more likely that average people would believe that carbon dioxide is a poison than that the world population could realistically be limited. I honestly can't see world leaders being able to agree on how to accomplish that goal, worthy as it is.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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...and upon hearing that the very air that they breathe is now outlawed, every plant worldwide pulls up roots and moves to Venus.  Under the rich carbon dioxide laden air, they flourish, quickly evolving into an hyperintelligent beings, but due to their rapid expansion, Venus becomes overcrowded, and overpolluted with billions exhaling poisonous oxygen into the atmosphere.  The planet cools down and starts to freeze over.  The plant-governments Venus-wide outlaw oxygen, and pass mandates that only one seed per plant will be allowed to come to fruition, causing all the rational plants to move off planet.  A radical group, with their advanced weaponry, invades and colonizes the hot CO2 saturated Earth, and the cycle starts all over again.  NOW IS THE BEGINNING OF THE END-TIMES!!  THIS IS THE *TRUE* MEANING OF 2012!!!  ONLY 2 YEARS LEFT!! PREPARE YOURSELVES!!!!  THE PLANTS ARE LEAVING!!!!

 

 

Yes, yes, yes...you get it! And to the other posters: The EPA has declared carbon dioxide to be a poison. Who's to say that in 100 years all that I've speculated might not come to pass?

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...and upon hearing that the very air that they breathe is now outlawed, every plant worldwide pulls up roots and moves to Venus.  Under the rich carbon dioxide laden air, they flourish, quickly evolving into an hyperintelligent beings, but due to their rapid expansion, Venus becomes overcrowded, and overpolluted with billions exhaling poisonous oxygen into the atmosphere.  The planet cools down and starts to freeze over.  The plant-governments Venus-wide outlaw oxygen, and pass mandates that only one seed per plant will be allowed to come to fruition, causing all the rational plants to move off planet.  A radical group, with their advanced weaponry, invades and colonizes the hot CO2 saturated Earth, and the cycle starts all over again.  NOW IS THE BEGINNING OF THE END-TIMES!!  THIS IS THE *TRUE* MEANING OF 2012!!!  ONLY 2 YEARS LEFT!! PREPARE YOURSELVES!!!!  THE PLANTS ARE LEAVING!!!!

 

 

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I suppose it could happen as a science fiction novel, however I don't think this is a probable occurrence in a real world situation. As a previous poster stated it might seem plausible if it were far enough into the future.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Up for some speculation???

Here's the perfect scenario for a science fiction novel:

The Environmental Protection Agency declares carbon dioxide a poisonous, hazardous substance. All humans exhale carbon dioxide. World leaders gather to discuss ways to lessen the danger of rising carbon dioxide levels. Their conclusion is that human population must be controlled, beginning with limiting family size worldwide.

Could this happen??????

It's an interesting scenario for a dystopian novel, isn't it.  My take on it, though, is that it could not happen in today's world.  The EPA would have a very hard time getting that done in the US, let alone worldwide.

Think about how controversial anything to do with global warming is now.  I can't imagine any president even trying to get the EPA to do something this controversial, much less succeeding.  And that's just here -- the EPA has no authority outside the US.

Look at how little actually got accomplished in Copenhagen a few weeks ago -- this shows how unlikely it is that any sort of radical reform (let alone something like this that would tread on religious and social values) could be passed on a global scale.

So, it's a good one, but you need to set it in the future and have a strong government that can enforce laws throughout the world.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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The situation described in post #1 - that is, organized actions to control human population by family size - is no science fiction. Governments in many countries, including India, have major programs to create awareness about the need to limit population growth, and to provide various support facilities to people to enable them to limit the size of their families. Also there are many incentives provided to individuals to adopt measures to limit their family size.

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neco373 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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For a fiction Novel people can write anything that sounds like it's science but in reality that topic is kind of far fetched. Even though i can't give you a definate answer i highly doubt that it could happen. It is correct that carbon dioxide is sometimes hazardous but also keep in mind it is what plants need to survive. The excess carbon doioxide problem we face is not as a result of over-population and as a matter of fact is a very long way from it. The problem is caused by The modernisation of the world, which demands items in mass production therfore implementing factories. Factories produce alot of carbon dioxide and other gasses. We also get carbon dioxide from car exaust and even natural things like volcanoes, so the world population might not be that good of a topic to use but anything is possible so you could try to get more opinions.

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