Dr. Michael Marien suggests society should weigh 10 big questions about the 22nd Century and use them to make changes to public policy today.
Considering what life might be like in 2101 is fun, but Dr. Michael Marien, editor of Global Foresight Books, claims it should not “be used as an escape from addressing the many huge uncertainties of the early twenty-first century and the unfolding Global MegaCrisis.” Marien suggests society should weigh these 10 big questions about the 22nd Century and use them to make changes to public policy today.
1. How Much Global Warming Is Ahead?
2. Will Methane Eclipse Carbon Dioxide?
3. How High Will Sea Levels Rise?
4. Will We Run Out of Essential Resources?
5. How Many People Will There Be in 2100?
6. What Will Be the Quality of People in 2100?
7. Will Decent Employment Be Available to All?
8. Will Inequality and Plutocracy Continue?
9. Will the Energy Transition be a Clear and Rapid Success?
10. Will Nuclear Weapons or Bioweapons Be Our Undoing?
Marien claims this is “merely a starter list of huge uncertainties that we face on the bumpy road to 2100.” He concedes that surprises lie ahead, whether negative (e.g., cyber-war), positive (e.g., nanotechnology fully developed), or ambiguous (e.g., contact with e.t’s), as well as the imaginable. View Dr Marien’s full article in the Futurist magazine.
The questions we face for the future are not primary about uncertainty, but about ourselves. Do we have the social and political will to put policy above politics and act in favor of succeeding generations? Marien’s list is “mega,” but we can’t shrink from our responsibility to future generations.