It was Sophia’s fifteenth birthday. Her parents took her to the capital to visit The House of Day Zero . All her friends were talking about how this museum was supposed to be amazing. She had to go.
Three years prior, humanity as a whole achieved the first day of zero carbon emissions. No fossil fuels were burned anywhere on this planet. A truly remarkable moment, and something that went down in history as Day Zero .
It was all over the news. The joy, the laughter, the relief. People took to the streets to celebrate this significant milestone.
Just a few decades earlier, something like Day Zero would have been unthinkable. The challenge of reversing climate change seemed too colossal a task. All the wars, famines, and natural catastrophes caused immeasurable pain. Heat waves caused mass migration and Sophia even remembers the story of her grandparents applying for a house in moderately-tempered Scandinavia only to be rejected.
Many people had given up already. They might have been right, but only in a different timeline. Luckily, our history culminated in the greatest epos of our civilization: Our Journey to Net Zero .