Welcome to the first day of Winter and the return of our Winter logo. Today is also the first day of the future, and that will be the theme of this post: the future.
They say we can’t predict the future, but I’m an advocate that we can control it. When we look back on our own past, or our country’s past or even the world’s past . . . there will be a hundred signposts that we missed that could have taken us down a better path. But here we are, and maybe it’s our job to leave our own signposts. The events of tomorrow can only be guided by the events of today. If we decide to do nothing today then nothing will happen tomorrow.
Let us assume that the straight line we call time continues on its merry way, and as we follow it to see what has happened, or not happened, we’ll be able to see that much of the events in the future are not without our influence. June 1, 2011 is a very important date in the future. Probably the most important day, as it is the first day in our future, and every event beyond this tiny 24 hours has been shaped by it.
Shall we follow that line? I’ve found the line here, at Future Timeline and a lot of what awaits us is unpleasant, yet clearly our doing. Can it be undone? Probably not, but we can control the scope of it. Anyway, let’s get moving, there’s lots to see.
2015: Tigers are going extinct.
2020: Glacier National Park and other regions are becoming ice-free.
2035: The Arctic is becoming ice-free in Summer.
2040: Average global temperatures have risen by two degree.
2045: Major extinctions of animal and plant life.
2050: 45% of the Amazon Rainforest has been destroyed. Air quality and visibility is declining. Bushfires have tripled in some regions. The Dead Sea is drying up.
2060: Global mass migrations of refugees. Flood barriers erected in New York.
2070: Average global temperatures have risen by 4 degrees.
2080: Polar bears face extinction. One in five lizard species are extinct. Deadly heatwaves plague Europe. Traditional agriculture is decimated.
2095: Many of the world’s languages are not in use. Only three will eventually remain: English, Mandarin and Spanish.
2100: Extreme drought is effecting one-third of the planet.
2190: The West Antarctic ice sheet is starting to disintegrate. This area will later be populated by over 1 million people who settle on the exposed land surface.
2200: Artificial intelligence dominates the planet.
I’ve only hand-picked a handful of the zillions of things that await us in the future, but of those selected are they really beyond our control? Can they be changed by whatever happens on June 1, 2011?
Yes, they can.
Welcome to the future.