So I fly in my mind to 2050 and I look down on the world I
see there. This isn't just any 2050. This is the one that for 40 years
was steered to by mankind.Starting in Copenhagen, but committed to in
mexico, this is the pathway to tomorrow built by man…walked by
humanity.A pathway handed down by our forefathers from long ago..
Really it looks a lot like 2009.
there are 10 billion people so its more crowded but one of the design
criteria used was 'change things as little as possible'.
Which is not to say it was easy to
arrive at. The sheer volume of tiny invisible changes is staggering.
This is a 2050 where most uses of carbon are
deprecated. Perhaps a campfire by the lake when you go camping, a
candle when the lights go out, a guilty cigarette, but the planet is at
430 ppm and the number is dropping by 2 a year. You wouldn't burn
carbon to go anywhere (well sometimes biodiesel,but that was grown) or
heat your house. Its a post carbon day, which is faster than planned
How is carbon dropping by 2 a year when in 2009 it
is going up by almost 3 a year? Well this is a much greener world, in
its plant coverage it has changed a lot. There are very few scrublands
or desserts, the sahel in africa is largely irrigated.. other than
parks and reserved ecological sanctuaries 2050 has changed the
landscape a lot. The sahara for example is covered in solar arrays of
sterling engine thermal dishes, with a lot of sea water
desalination going on to water the forests...
there is a new smart grid, and every body seems to have a piece of the
energy biz, selling power from their house, their car,the
Really having a cottage that earns money in alternative energy isn't so
odd. There are management companies that maintain equipment, it's all
taken care of. You just get a check in the mail each month....
Very early, like 2012, after carbon was
it became a valuable business proposition to buy up dry wasteland by
oceans all over the world and irrigate it with desalinated sea water.
Mostly drip irrigated forests…There were incentives to USE seawater
lowering the oceans, there were incentives to take a piece of land that
is neutral in carbon uptake and times that by 20 creating a rain
forest. Getting paid by the carbon fixed...
After years of being artificially irrigated the trees form a canopy and
trap water themselves.
Actually getting water for dry lands was
something that the world had a renaissance in. Done so well that most
small systems became irrelevant. Desalination arrays that were
really huge were created. A channel of seawater as big as a river is
heated by sunlight, then enters a long condensation chamber that climb
a hillside . At the top the pure water is
trapped and then flows into a huge tank that flows downhill onto a drip
So how is the carbon sucked out of the air each year
Largely by water dripped onto perennials, and permaculture water saving
techniques were applied getting the most foliage for the least water.
But by the rules of transpiration,
all this greenery created canopies and rainfall so the irrigation was
just a backup in unstable times…re-engineering the plants re-engineered
So you've got a world that
is fixing tons of carbon in plants.. A world that has reinvented and
improved irrigation… Small cars run on elec., trucks on biodiesel. Lots
of dirt batteries underground…
Dirt batteries were huge in the
underground. If you had special glasses that showed the buried
underground world you'd see arrays of these huge thermal mass systems
that could be warmed during the summer months to provide enough heat
for a house all winter.
the fact that so much of the change is hidden was
because people rapidly grew tired of a busier world with solar panels
everywhere and windmills…Too busy, too ugly.
instead they opted for
photovoltaic roof tiles that looked like normal roof tiles, roads that
were photovoltaic, walls. all covered with a clear saran wrap like
Geothermal plants for electrical generation
that were almost completely buried… high altitude windmills that flew
out of sight in the jetstream and offshore windmills unseen from the
Uglier things were built in the 10's and
20's but mostly rebuilt in the 30's and 40s as techniques
So rather that a world that is festooned with
alternative energy devices…they built a world of hidden treasures.
You have to understand that people
loved doing this work because they were competent. The entire
project was computer designed and pre visualized by all. This made
random acts make sense. It was a goldrush and they were making big cash
too. that helped.
So there is a party. I mean there
was a plan adopted called the 'party steps' so in 2020,2030 and 2040
there are big parties to celebrate progress…then in 2050 is the biggest
party, not at a predefined date, but when all goals are met. The 2040
party and 2050 parties are both contingent on meeting goals. The 2040
party doesn't happen till 2043. but the 2050 party happens in the fall
of that same year.
and its at that party
our story begins.