As I was on my morning walk, my extraterrestrial origin is hidden from the humans around me, and a sense of duty weighed heavily on my conscience; it was about by my reflexive cough. It was because of the earth’s polluted air. Along with a group of my fellow Xylothians, we had been stationed on Earth a century ago, tasked with observing the inhabitants and reporting back to our home planet.
The decades had passed, and our reports grew increasingly alarming. The relentless march of industrialization, fueled by the insatiable hunger for fossil fuels, pushed Earth’s delicate ecosystems to the brink of collapse. It became evident that if left unchecked, humans would irreversibly damage the planet we desired to occupy in the future.
Among our group, Velgar, a Xylothian with a keen understanding of human behavior, reached a startling conclusion. The politicians and the polluters would never willingly change their ways, blinded by their short-term gains and trapped in a cycle of profit and exploitation. To save Earth from destruction, something drastic had to be done.
With trepidation, Velgar made contact with our masters aboard the colossal starship, Daclos, and shared the dire state of affairs on Earth. He argued that a bold, attention-grabbing event was necessary to shock both the politicians and the masses out of their complacency.
The response from our masters was not what Velgar had expected. They acknowledged the urgency of the situation but questioned the consequences of intervening directly. The Xylothians were to be Earth’s future inhabitants, and if we saved it from destruction, wouldn’t that alter the outcome we desired?
Undeterred, Velgar pressed his case further. He proposed a plan to accelerate climate change’s effects, creating extreme weather events that would disrupt and devastate human society. The intention was not to cause harm to individuals but rather to create a sense of urgency and force humanity to confront the consequences of their actions.
After much deliberation, our masters reluctantly agreed to Velgar’s audacious plan. They provided us with advanced technology capable of manipulating weather patterns and exacerbating climate change on a global scale.
Velgar and I, along with a select few trusted comrades, took charge of the operation. We discreetly deployed the technology, subtly amplifying natural weather phenomena and intensifying the effects of global warming. Extreme heatwaves, powerful hurricanes, and severe droughts became increasingly frequent and devastating. It was known as the Gatia Protocol, named after their leader.
As the world reeled from the intensified climate events, the true magnitude of the crisis became impossible to ignore. The once-doubtful politicians and industrial leaders were now faced with the harsh reality of their destructive actions. The public, experiencing firsthand the consequences of their collective negligence, demanded immediate action to mitigate and reverse the damage.
Outraged and desperate, governments mobilized resources, committing to ambitious renewable energy projects, implementing stringent environmental regulations, and fostering international cooperation to combat climate change. Industries shifted towards sustainable practices, and individuals began embracing greener lifestyles.
While the accelerated climate change was a painful lesson for humanity, it served as a catalyst for change. The planet’s plight became a unifying cause, transcending borders and ideologies. The Xylothians, observing from the shadows, saw the potential for redemption in the wake of devastation.
Gradually, Earth began its arduous journey toward healing. As the extreme weather events subsided, the focus shifted to rebuilding and implementing long-term strategies to ensure a sustainable future. Humans and Xylothians, once adversaries, found common ground in their shared commitment to preserving the planet.
In time, as the wounds of the accelerated climate change healed, humanity and the Xylothians embarked on a cooperative path. The Xylothians offered their advanced knowledge and technology to aid Earth’s recovery, forging a bond based on mutual respect and shared responsibility for the planet’s well-being.
While the scars of the past remained, humanity learned a valuable lesson about the fragility of their world. Accelerated climate change, driven by the Xylothians’ intervention, had become a turning point in history—a catalyst for humanity’s transformation towards a sustainable and resilient future, at least in the short term, at least until the invasion.