“Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.”

–Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami is a famous Japanese novelist who is the author of many best seller novels all over the world, including Dance Dance Dance where this quote was taken from. It encapsulates how, as time passes by, there are countless problems that the world is facing, those that threaten the existence of mankind.

A perfect example of ‘regrets mounting’ in the status quo is perhaps climate change, an issue that is changing the entire biodynamics of the world. The power hungry and capitalistic nature of industries and governments pushing environmental laws, individuals testing the boundaries of their surroundings and the increasing problems of population growth are fuelling the increased rate in the depletion of the climate. All we can do now is observe our own demise in slow motion as the solution pool seems to decrease at the same rate.

Not only are various animal species like the West African Black Rhino now considered to be extinct, but many others like the Polar Bear are endangered due to the rapid rise in global temperatures, specifically in the arctic regions, further leading to a rise in the water table due to the melting of ice caps thus increasing the likelihood of natural disasters occurring. The world is moving towards such changes that are in fact irreversible and may prove to be not only a threat for the coming generations, but a constant reminder of the failure of mankind to preserve the most valuable necessity for survival.