Refugees in Antarctica? Olympics in cyberspace?
The European Union agrees to let Morocco join in return for exclusive rights to solar power from its part of the Sahara desert.
The Olympics are held only in cyberspace because it costs too much for athletes to travel around the world.
These are some of the scenarios in a report on Monday by British-based think-tank and charity “Forum for the Future” with Hewlett Packard Labs, imaging how climate change might affect the planet by 2030.
You may well say: “Hang on, 2030 is only 22 years away; things won’t change that fast.” But imagine travelling back 22 years to 1986 — when Ronald Reagan was in the White House — and telling people about the end of the Cold War, 9/11, the Internet or even the 2008 global financial crunch. You’d have trouble convincing them all that was realistic.
Yes, some of the ideas in the report can be dismissed as outlandish scaremongering or wild optimism. You don’t have to believe them, but they drive home the idea that the world can change quickly and that people can go a long way towards controlling what happens.
Read more about the scenarios here
What do you think?