Original title: Promethium
2043: The green revolution summoned by COPs and international treaties has taken place: the world has been freed of coal and oil. We’ve gone “100% green,” and global warming has been stabilized. But have we really thought about the resources for that supposedly “clean” energy? The dizzying increase in demand for rare metals, including promethium, has led to the opening of hundreds of mines that are wreaking havoc on the planet, poisoning ecosystems and populations. In order to cover the surface of the earth with millions of wind turbines and solar panels, we have swapped one evil for another, handing the planet over to an unscrupulous economic elite in the process. At the heart of that elite, Salem, who works for the largest Chinese mining corporation, is willing to do whatever it takes to get his hands on the last deposit.
This black-and-white graphic novel, adapted from Guillaume Pitron’s best-seller, sheds an entirely new light on the idea of ecological transition, drawing us into an adventure that is terrifyingly realistic.