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The Porcupine's Quill:  A Satire Column
by Arshad M. Khan
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Porcupine's Quill
January 6, 2013


Item:  Anyone with doubts about climate change should pay a visit to the Maldives, a
chain of islands in the Indian Ocean a couple of hundred or so miles south of India.  
As the ocean levels rise, the islands are sinking.

Sandy!  Sandy!  Sandy!  That's all I hear about.  The news is always centered on the
problems of the rich.  Bet you've never even heard of me; yet, my losses are far more
severe than most of those rich people building homes too close to the shore.

What happened to me, you ask?  Well, I lost my home too.  There was a small storm
-- we get them all the time, so we were sleeping soundly.  I always guard the exit, so I
was closer to it.  The rest were sleeping snugly much further inside.  My poor
innocent babes!  When the water rushed in, they didn't stand a chance, and I
couldn't get to them.

When the wave backed out, I was washed out with it.  That's how I survived.  I know,
my family is insignificant to humans.  They call us vermin.  But to me, it was my life.

You humans have been on the planet just a 100,000 or so years.  The dinosaurs,
you consider dumb, survived 150 million years -- done in, some say, by climate
change.  In your 100K years, not too much happened until a few hundred years ago,
when you started breeding like flies and living lives of unimagined comfort ... and
greed.  It has been a disaster.

If you continue the way you are going, we will all be done in.  Pleeeeeeze just stop!