03
Jun
09

Earth 2100

So I just finished watching an ABC News Special entitled Earth2100. This program takes the viewer through two futures, one leaving the world in shambles after several worst-case scenarios come to life, and another where we learn to save the planet and its future for our kin.

“It’s an idea that most of us would rather not face — that within the next century, life as we know it could come to an end. Our civilization could crumble, leaving only traces of modern human existence behind.

To change the future, first you have to imagine it.

It seems outlandish, extreme — even impossible. But according to cutting edge scientific research, it is a very real possibility. And unless we make drastic changes now, it could very well happen.

Experts have a stark warning: that unless we change course, the “perfect storm” of population growth, dwindling resources and climate change has the potential to converge in the next century with catastrophic results.

In order to plan for the worst, we must anticipate it. In that spirit, guided by some of the world’s experts, ABC News’ “Earth 2100,” hosted by Bob Woodruff, will journey through the next century and explore what might be our worst-case scenario.

But no one can predict the future, so how do we address the possibilities that lie ahead? Our solution is Lucy, a fictional character devised by the producers at ABC to guide us through the twists and turns of what the next 100 years could look like. It is through her eyes and experiences that we can truly imagine the experts’ worst-case scenario — and be inspired to make changes for the better.”

Although it seems sort of outlandish through most of the program because there are so many extreme changes in such a short time, it is something that needed to be seen.  Our planet is in trouble, and unfortunately, it will be our generation’s responsibility to change what has been done over the last few centuries filled with industrialization.  I strongly recommend watching the video clips available online and leave your own comments on the subject.  I personally have a strong interest in environmental sciences, and am praying that I get into a class next semester entitled Energy and the Environment (I hope t0 make all of my out of school electives environment/history/policy related).

Anyway, I hope that this post can raise conversations with both the architect’s role in the environment, as well as discussions about the abrupt and major changes needed to save our planet.  I know Blue Studio had some pretty heated discussion on this topic over numerous occasions. After all, it’s our planet, and we need to save it from the perils we have caused it.

-Danny

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