Three bodies of work show various futures as predicted through three different lenses: science, permaculture and economics. Six Degrees illustrates Mark Lynas’ book of the same title based on evidence compiled from hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific papers on projected changes with each degree of climate warming. abcd Scenarios describes four potential future scenarios based on permaculture founder David Holmgren’s work on the impact of energy transitions and multiple converging crises. Steady State is a graphic representation of eco-economist Herman Daly’s work on a sustainable economic system.
Of course the real future will not be neatly defined by any one of these future scenarios, but will be a complex mixture of many driving forces. What all scenarios demonstrate is that humanity is now at a critical junction. The planet is experiencing a climate crisis. The generations of people alive now will either commit the most colossal moral failure in history, or will start a massive enterprise in transition. The gravity, scope, and depth of the problem demand the greatest collective effort and cooperation. None of us can succeed in addressing the root causes of the problem alone; but collectively, we have a window of an opportunity to act. *
EcoMag is a magazine about art, design & sustainability. Each issue will focus on a theme while investigating issues lying at the root of the ecological crisis. The theme of the first issue is ‘Future Scenarios’. All the ideas presented in this magazine can be explored further in the original writings of the authors which in all causes is prolific. References and bibliographies are posted on the EcoLabs website (www.eco-labs.org). We are indebted to the authors: Mark Lynas, David Holmgren and Herman Daly and grateful for having been granted permission to borrow freely and/or republish work.
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Si Yeun Kim