FIVE LONG YEARS IN HYPERSPACE -- UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH EARTH OR THE NEW COLONY -- AND NOW THE SUPPLY SHIP WAS NEARING ITS GOAL.  SOON, NEW COLONISTS COULD MAKE NEW LIVES, WITH A FRESH START ON EVERYTHING. EVERYONE ABOARD WAS FULL OF EXCITEMENT.  THE COLONY WAS HAILING THE SHIP.  CONTACT AT LAST. 

GREETINGS FROM A RELIEVED AND WEARY GROUP OF EARTHLINGS, MADAME PRESIDENT.  WE'RE IN ORBIT NOW, AND EAGER TO JOIN YOU.

CAPTAIN, WELCOME. . . BUT I'M AFRAID I HAVE SOME VERY BAD NEWS.  WE THOUGHT WE HAD PREPARED FOR YOUR ARRIVAL -- WE BUILT NEW CRYSTAL-BURNING POWER PLANTS. 

HOWEVER, THEY'RE POLLUTING THE AIR EVEN FASTER THAN WE EXPECTED, EVEN WHEN THEY RUN AT LOW POWER.   IF WE BOOST THE PLANTS TO HIGHER POWER LEVELS, MY SCIENCE OFFICER PREDICTS CATASTROPHES -- FLOODING, AN OVERHEATED ATMOSPHERE, DROUGHTS.  NEW COLONISTS WOULD BE AN ENORMOUS BURDEN, AND WE COULD NEVER PRODUCE ENOUGH ENERGY FOR EVERYONE. 

I'M SORRY. . . YOU'LL HAVE TO LAND SOMEWHERE ELSE IN THE GALAXY.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND.  YOU HAD YEARS TO PREPARE FOR US.  WHERE WILL WE GO NOW?  HOW WILL WE MAKE OUR NEW HOMES?
 

I AM TRULY SORRY FOR OUR MISTAKE.  WE WILL GUIDE YOU WHERE YOU HOPE TO GO, BUT YOU CANNOT STAY HERE.  PLEASE UNDERSTAND --  
ALL OF US WOULD SUFFER. 
 

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