A tower of glass, our cityfrom life in the near future, Earth day style
The following is a glimps in to our near future. Life in the tomorrow world, courtesy of past generations wasteful and willful disrespect for health, Science and long term thinking when it comes to all our life on Earth, for the sake of short term profit.
dream of course, but also one very much based on current science and social and political trends, not to mention, the basic reality of what will happen, not just to Earth, but humanity as a species and individuals, unless we, the current generation(s) do guide most of the world towards this type of future. A future that is sustainable and far healthier and equal.
As Obama said (if I paraphrase abit :P): it´s time to stop talking and start doing, our globally mutual and wasteful behaviour has done enough damage as it is, and time is out for just talking about it. We now need to actually start creating a world that is far more healthy and sustainable then it currently is.Vertical Cities and 'smart' FarmingSustainable progress & technologyLife inside our tower of glass
High up, in our ivory-like tower of glass, each evening we look out at the setting sun and how it after a long day of travelling, in the end, as always slowly dips each and everyone of it´s rays of light into the watery ocean.
The evening sky and rolling landscape change their hue under the traversing basking light, and in the water a rainbow of shades paints an illuminating backdrop to our good bye and good night to the day that was.
While somewhere else in our sheltered home.
A sound is heard, it is the shrieks of eagles high up above our heads, they are nesting inside our dome, and each day, as the sun sets, they return with sounds of their lasting song from the outside. Unlike us people that walks the streets of this shielded vertical city, traversing it on sky high elevators and trains, the eagles that too has made this place their home can easily pass in and out as they see fit.
We on the other hand had to pass through the big city ports down at the ground floor, huge polished air port like entrances leading in and out of our city that for every moment of every day and year were monitored and guarded.
I do not think that anyone for even a second believed that the ever present drones and artificial security was there to protect us from any outside threats. It was mainly for our own calm, to provide us with the emotional feeling that we were safe and protected.
That, and perhaps to keep short tempered citizens calm.
Inside the Dome
I look up, but i can't see the Eagles, I just hear them. And then, twenty floors beneath us, the midnight train approaches and catches my attention, I love the way the setting sun reflects upon the smooth surface of the driver less train.
You take my hand and we start walking, yet again. Our feets guiding us to the artificial water falls that provides the city with an endless loop of fresh and clean water. Water from which our man made lakes are kept alive, the water that the cities vertical, smart farms feed from and we all shower in. They also helps us generate electricity through the kinetic energy we gather from it´s violent free fall through our walled off world before it goes underground for a brief encounter with the natural ecosystem of the outside world that our water system is now an essential part of.
A watery world all in itself that also includes our free swimming, farmed fish.
Once humanity moved into these sky high cities, like fossil fuel, the unsustainable global fishing industry had already been outlawed too. But not only is fish a healthy treat, we also knew that keeping them around as a natural part of our closed off eco system had other substantial benefits.
Outside the glass walls, giant solar and wind panels hovers up in the air, tethered to the ground and the even bigger solar facilities that is scattered throughout the outside landscape. Our city of course complements it all by also collecting ground and air heating and energy from the outside world. You reach out and you pluck a few strawberries from the vertical pads where they all year round grows, we smile in secret since we are not really supposed to pluck strawberries up here.
And while we slowly walk towards the cliffs and beaches, allocated like if we were standing outside in a hidden valley somewhere, with trees and rocky cliffs and sandy shores entwined together in a fairy tale like creation. In the background, behind us, the pads moves yet again.
As we stand there, our toes dipped in the moving water and the still warming sand, the sun is gone and the system will now transports the never ending lines of strawberries back inside where they will get to enjoy a slow transport back down to ground inside a carefully temperated and perfectly humid night storage.
And then, once the sun once again rise up above the ocean floor, the strawberries will start their daily journey from the groundfloor back to the sky high ceiling of our city, strawberries, greens and other fruit, and the sun, all travelling together for the entirety of the day. Haha, as always, I smile at the slight madness of it all.5 million people.
That is the official number of people that is living inside this one gigantic building, an old big city block turned sky high city.
It´s own little Closed off system
Outside our walled world, you could see dozens of similar buildings, each one taking up the horizontal footprint of a traditional big city block, but all vertically housing 5 million people living in a perfectly sustainable environment. And in-between the sky high cities, untouched land where solar powered roads nestled their way in between the crops, trees, water and wildlife. Roads upon which only self-driving, electrical vehicles moved. To transport people, goods and crops between the cities.
And yes, dear reader. If you are curious, some do move, but surprisingly few ever choose to live outside our garden like cities, they ones that do end up making that choice, they all live by the same regulations as we do. Living a sustainable and healthy life, just outside our walled gardens. Some of them work inside the cities, while others never again return. But for most of us, these cities represents something of a healthy, and wonderful paradise compared to what Earth had been reduced to by human hands in the year of 2100.
Artificial burgers Say it ain't so!.
Meat producers didn't take up any traditional resources anymore, they didnt even exist.
Having gone the way of the bye bye Texas that all forms of unsustainable behaviour had, from fossil fuel to meat production and most of the traditional pulp and paper industry. Nor did we have a sugar, tobacco or alcohol industry. Neither did we over medicate healthy people with emotionally numbing medications anymore. A lot of things had changed for the better, and as a result, people were not just healthier and lived much longer, they did so being much happier too.
Yes, we still printed some things, and we still had a pulp and paper industry, but a much different one, and entirely sustainable with vast forest productions possibly having given us more forest then Earth had ever had, at least since the Dinosaours roamed these parts.
The little meat we produced was artificially grown inside the cities, and the cows that wasn't part of our outside worlds free walking dairy production had been rewilded since long. Not that we actually ate much meat anymore, it had caused to big of a strain on the elderly population, our general health and medical care with it´s negative impact on all sorts of health issues ranging from cancer to diabetes.
But most of us did enjoy the occasional treat, once a month or so, and let me tell you. Artificial meat taste as good as any old day BBQ meal ever did. And the fact that it was super healthy in comparison and so much less of a resource hog made it even better. Show me the money
Other huge health benefits had been the clean air we where now all breathing, causing a massive uptick in general health and longevity throughout our biological lifespan. And while it had been to late to put an halt to the climate change our age of Anthropocene had caused. By now, i dont think anyone would ever want to go back, and nature and wildlife had settled for a striking comeback once we had moved inside and put an global end to unsustainable practices and energy productions.
The age of anthropocene was here and there where no reverting it. But instead of the dawn of man kind, it had been turned around in to a healthier world, a healthier man kind, and we where all winners in the end. Here on Earth and our spacebound colonies as well. But in the history books, the age of man kind would forever be remembered for how it had started, serving as a warning example of never again loosing touch with how we are but one ingredient in an important eco system that needs to be kept in balance.AnthropoceneThe word comes from the two words anthropo, which means “man,” and cene, which translates to “new”.The meaning of the combined word comes from the fact that human- kind had caused a mass extinctions of plant and animal species, as well as polluted the oceans and lands, and even altered the atmosphere, causing a range of century lasting impacts. Perhaps like other ages before it, it would be with us for milleniums to comereal life inspiration
A world without fossil fuel, The guardian divestment campaignhttp://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/16/argument-divesting-fossil-fuels-overwhelming-climate-change
The Shower of the future.
The Swedish shower that reduces water usage with 90% and energy related to warming your shower water with 80%.http://www.anorseview.com/?q=sustainablelife-showerinthefuture
Death by Sedentary choiceshttp://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/each-hour-of-sitting-increases-chance-of-heart-disease-by-14-10090648.html
San Fransisco launghing free ev, solar charging.https://www.theverge.com/2015/4/17/8447873/san-francisco-launches-solar-ev-charging-stations
The killer that is industrial air pollution, 600 million people die prematurely just in India as a result.http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/21/filthy-india-air-cutting-_n_6725974.html
The lack of responsibility from the fossil fuel industryhttp://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/15/fossil-fuel-industry-must-take-stranded-assets-seriously-say-tim-yeo
Demand for energy will rise with 40% in the near futurehttp://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/feb/17/bp-says-huge-rise-in-energy-demand-at-odds-with-climate-change-fight
Q1 2015 breaks new global warm temp recordshttp://www.ibtimes.com/climate-change-march-temperatures-break-records-2015-hottest-year-date-1887474?ft=85du1
Obama: No greater threat to our planet then climate change. the time to act is upon us.http://www.ibtimes.com/obama-spend-earth-day-tackling-climate-change-florida-everglades-1887632?ft=1e8z9
Fossil fuel has lost the race with renewables.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-14/fossil-fuels-just-lost-the-race-against-renewables
France puts it in the law that new roofs has to be "green" or covered with solar panels. Yay!.http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/20/france-decrees-new-rooftops-must-be-covered-in-plants-or-solar-panels
Climate change deniers (reality denying people really) is in retreat.http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/climate-change-deniers-are-in-retreat/2015/04/06/942eb980-dc9f-11e4-be40-566e2653afe5_story.html?tid=rssfeed
World is heading towards unseen drought levels by 2050, Unless we change coarse now.http://www.rtcc.org/2015/04/15/world-set-for-record-droughts-by-2050-report/#sthash.902TncX8.dpuf
Well, there are many more current realities and scientific sound facts, that all has served as inspirations for my sci.fi
near future fantasy.
But reality is, it´s our own choice between this future which I have painted here, or one where we are all fighting it out over the last puddle of fresh water. And I am sure it´s not just the people in California and India that would like to avoid even less water in their daily life :).
Truth be told, even the most stubborn greedy oil baron sees the writing on the wall, health and sustainability and equality is simply good business and ravaging Earth has run out of ground and time to keep on ticking. So rejoice - Like Mulder would have said, "the change is coming" =).
Enjoy your Earth Day, April 22.website version for my sci.fi storyhttp://www.anorseview.com/?q=toweringcities-ofglass-healthyliving #anorseview #earthday #earthday2015 #macrophotography #climatechange #sustainableliving #healthyliving