Diary of Aryiana Devon 2217 ~ 2222

Barren Land in Napa Valley

August 22 , 2217

My name is Aryiana Devon. I live in what used to be Napa Valley, San Francisco. Key word “used to”. What once was the lush fields of grapes used in the Napa wineries is now barren land. All because of Cybertech. Cybertech was a company formed about 10 years ago. At first they were just a simple car manufacturing facility but in the span of two years they managed to expand their factory and manufacture cars faster than anyone could count. I remember walking past the factory and smelling a heavy scent of burning coal that would still linger up until my house by the pier. The chemicals and smoke that floated out of the factory polluted the air. Within years the air around San Francisco was polluted. Over the years the arable farming land dried out because of the lack of rain caused by the pollution. Whenever there was rain, it wasn’t water, but rather acid rain. The rain slowly burned out the minerals in the soil, killing off the grape vineyards, and one of Napa’s largest economic profit along with it. The pollution only got worse after that. Children, elders and sick people were required to wear masks around their faces to filter the air so it was cleaner for them to breathe and prevented damaged lungs. People stopped leaving their houses to go out and tourism came to a dead stop. Not much of a surprise. What was there to look at. All of the wild life left because of the polluted air and the wineries were a huge tourist attraction before the vineyards died out. Despite all this, Cybertech has continued manufacturing cars and polluting my home. My friend *** works in their factory. He said that the factory had many visits from government officials. There was talk of Cybertech being shut down due to its negative effects on San Francisco's environmental, economic and social aspects.

October 16, 2217

The government finally grew a backbone! My team and I have worked extremely hard to kick Cybertech out of San Francisco. As a person who works for the government in the sustainability improvement sector, I am ashamed we hadn't kicked out Cybertech till now after they have left our beautiful home in ruins. As the news zoomed through the valley, people were split with emotions. Delighted winemakers and environmentalists. Utterly confused employees of the now ‘shut down’ Cybertech. Some of the people in the community just didn't know what to do. Were they supposed to be happy, as the environment isn't being threatened or should then feel sorry for the hundreds of terminated employees? Should they be in high spirits as the tourism industry comes blooming backup? Could they finally look forward to clean and clear rain, fresh and impeccably tasting wine and lush gardens and mountainsides? I was so proud of our success of closing down Cybertech, but inside I can't stop thinking about the now ‘former’ employees, in no fault of their own, they are now jobless and in many families, income less. I know how they must feel, earlier Max had called me and told me he had received his letter of termination. He is an industrial worker and only learned this job, he, like many others don't see their next step.

Three Pillars of Sustainability

February 9, 2218

Today, my boss came to talk to my team about San Francisco's threatened sustainability. He said that even though Cybertech had stopped pollution the air, it would take decades as the least for the atmosphere repair itself and by that time, a new money hungry company would take Cybertech place. We were instructed to create a plan to repair the three pillars of sustainability, Environment, Social and Economic. The environment was affected by the acid rain and the polluted air. The economy was was affected by the loss of the vineyards as selling and deporting wine was one of San Francisco’s largest source of income along with the money earned from tourism because of the many tours around the wineries. The social life in San Francisco was decreased by the loss of jobs and the increase in poverty. We had to created solutions for these problems. The fate of San Francisco depended on it. Okay, maybe I’m being a little bit dramatic. Anyways, we have to get started on planning what we want to invest in the boost San Francisco's sustainability by boosting the three pillars.

Hetch Hetchy dam

April 11, 2218

We as government employees have achieved the first step to making life sustainable again. A few weeks ago, my team and I submitted a proposal to restart the Hetch Hetchy Project and turn it into a massive hydroelectric generator. The Hetch Hetchy Dam is located in the state of California, the valley is a part of the Yosemite National Park. As a water system and reservoir, it is the primary source of water and supplies about 80% of the water needs of San Francisco. In 1934, the Hetch Hetchy Dam project began, which was to create a hydroelectric generator to produce enough energy to power San Francisco. When it opened, it was only able to power 20% of the estimated area of coverage. As the project didn't meet set expectations, the generator was shut down and closed forever. Until now. We suggested that we rebuild the generator because, after 284 years of extreme weather and unstable conditions, the dam had fallen apart. Rebuilding will cost an immense amount of money, but it will create many jobs with hundreds of valid applicants from Cybertech. Also, it will help increase the number of tourists. As the dam will become a tourists attraction like the famous Hoover Dam. With the hydroelectric generator powering around 40% of the city, the entire valley has cut back drastically on the use of fossil fuels.

Gas V.S Electric

January 2, 2219

After the success with the Hetch Hetchy Project my team and I were ecstatic when the government agreed to carry out with our Public Transportation and Car Law. San Francisco now have fifteen different bus routes so more people are inclined to take the bus. The government has passed extreme laws on cars. Gasoline driven cars will now pay hefty taxes on their fuel. We have also promoted the use of electric cars. The energy for electric cars has not been taxed as high as gasoline and the government has agreed to supply for a portion of the fee to buy electric cars as they are helping the environment. This project has had a huge social and environmental impact. The streets are no longer heavy with pollution and people are slowly relapsing back into their old ways before the pollution. We have estimated that in six to seven months, children over the age of two and seniors younger than the age of ninety will no longer be required to wear oxygen masks. Smaller urban wildlife is slowly starting to return in the lesser polluted areas of the city. With the progress this project has been making, it is safe to say it is a success but yet, it does not seem like enough. My team and I still believe that we need something else to give the three pillars the final push on the road to success and restore San Francisco’s sustainability.

A Sunny Day in Sustainable Napa Valley

May 31, 2219

My team and I have been working extremely hard so far, to repair the still apparent damage Cybertech left on our home. Problems have arisen due to the now thriving market. The hydroelectric generator is supplying 40% of the power needed in the city, so the rest of the 60% are relying on fossil fuels, which is not good news for the environment. This morning, my boss gave the task of writing a proposal for improving the way the city uses the energy and how to create renewable energy, to me. Immediately, solar energy came to my mind, The valley has many places we could mount solar panels and it would create about 50% more of the power needed. This means that only about 10% of the energy used would be by burning fossil fuels. This would also create many jobs, as we will hire people to build and install the solar panels. Weeks went along, before my proposal was accepted. I went out to celebrate with my colleagues, who congratulated me on my first individual proposal that passed without a hitch. I was extremely happy, but I wasn't sure why. Was it because, I was a part of saving San Francisco from complete destruction or because I had achieved something amazing in my career path. Either way, I was overjoyed at the fact that San Francisco is back to its sustainable way of life. Cybertech is long gone and it will be remembered as a low point in Napa Valley's history. It's comforting to know that my home will once again be called the place with the “Best Wineries”, overflowing gardens, beautiful sights and for once, a clear blue sky.

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