Though the Kardashians are always in Vogue and climate crisis is never a cultures pleaser, experts now give Earth an expiration date of 2030, so make every day count.
A reader at the time responded:
"An incredible, indelible mix of imagery and messages here, Owen. I think about our predecessors, and how nice it must have been living without true existential fear for mankind. I think about the Green Movement, and our efforts to 'leave the world a better place,' and I think about the hordes lined up today outside an Apple Store, and the vanity of it all.
I think about that polar bear adrift on the sea ice. And I wonder, aren't we all?
I believe we're headed to oblivion. When, we cannot be certain. But politics and culture and vanity and personal gain and the greed they feed cannot coexist forever with Mother Earth. And sadly, Mother Earth does not give one shit about mankind. She did. As my brother once said, we were given the pearl of the universe with this planet. And we raped and mutilated and savaged it - mercilessly with with greed and not a second's thought.
We are a virus destroying what she presented us. And we will pay.
Then again, I think about my children, pursuing the richness of knowledge and experience, and think - nay, hope - that maybe this part of the plan. Like some law of math or physics or science, maybe things just are what they are. Even if we were all noble men, could we preserve this planet and its riches growing in number the way we are? I don't think so.
One day, whether man-induced or otherwise, this planet will bake, then freeze, then bake again. Ask the dinosaurs, or the mastodons, or other creatures that have come before us.
Earth does what earth does, regardless of what we do. To paraphrase John Lennon, Man plans, Mother Earth laughs.
We're just along for the ride. In some ways, I find comfort in that."