Forty Signs of Greed

Forty Signs of Rain is an incredible novel not because of its’ focus on science and more specifically climate change, but because it revolves around an even more controversial subject: the government and how the system itself hinders progress concerning climate change initiative(s). All of the characters within the novel are relate to science, climate change or government in one way or another. However, it is not the characters or story that make it a fascinating book but rather how Kim Stanley Robinson places those characters into real like scenarios involving climate change and the problems many people face with the government in terms of creating initiatives to fight climate change. Take for example Charlie, who is working with Senator Chase to take steps towards fighting global warming. Robinson writes about how Charlie and Senator Chase work together to convince other members of the Senate that global warming is a dangerous thing. The novel illustrates how government workers specifically senators and every day citizens work together to try and push for new initiatives but end up failing because of how messed up the system within government is today. The most horrific notion Robinson elaborates on is how much greed influences the decisions in government. Many people push for new proposals and initiatives concerning climate change but many of these proposals fail to pass or even reach the floor because senators and congressman alike are too greedy to fund projects that they feel won’t aid their constituents. The sad truth is that their minds are clouded with greed and they don’t realize that they’re not helping their constituents, only hurting them. To tie everything together, Robinson illustrates how tarnished the system of government is and that greed is a very dangerous thing.

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