In this world, an important historical event, the eviction of Barren Island community, never happened. Threatened by climate change, they began to alter and hack their own bodies and biology.
Economic forces have paralyzed political efforts to implement sustainability legislation and the UN has given up on its sustainable development goals. As the world fails to holistically address anthropogenic climate change, rising temperatures start to topple established ecological systems. Left to their own devices, the Barren Island community starts focusing on their own adaptive capacity. It is them who are at the front line of adaption. A severe problem for them is the contamination of the body through polluted air and nutrition. Aside from traditional protective technology, people start experimenting with modifying the body itself — from the ritual to the secular, from the short to the long-term — using internal fungi as symbiotical filter organism. The ripple effects of their actions result in skin sketching and skin pockets that they start using to their advantage.
Findings from Paul Stamets book, Mycelium Running.
Using Cartesian coordinate system to construct a community