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What You Need to Know Episode #3: Why we should be optimistic about the future. New video by futurist Gerd Leonhard.

What kind of future do we want for our children? What kind of ancestor will we be? So you may ask: How do we maintain HOPE and a positive outlook in a world that (right now, in August 2022) seems to go from bad to worse - climate emergency, war, inflation, food crises, energy crises, fake news, disinformation and the global decline of democracy. Yet, riffing off Kevin Kelly's protopia I derive hope from the fact that while our problems seem to be increasing, our capacity to deal with them is increasing even faster.

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The Pandemic Year Marked a Turning Point in Climate Change. Must-read by David Wallace-Wells, NY Magazine (2021)

All year, a planet transformed by the burning of carbon discharged what would have once been called portents of apocalypse. The people of that planet, as a whole, didn’t take much notice — distracted by the pandemic and trained, both by the accumulating toll of recent disasters and the ever-rising volume of climate alarm, to see what might once have looked like brutal ruptures in lived reality instead as logical developments in a known pattern.

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As the Planet Cooks, Climate Stalls as a Political Issue (great NYT read)

“People are exhausted by the pandemic, they’re terribly disillusioned by the government,” said Anusha Narayanan, climate campaign director for Greenpeace USA, the environmental group known for its guerrilla tactics but now struggling to mobilize supporters. She added: “People see climate as a tomorrow problem. We have to make them see it’s not a tomorrow problem.”

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New: Futurist Friday Podcast Interview with Gerd Leonhard: TheGoodFuture?

In this interview, Gerd Leonhard points out that “the future is already here, we just haven’t paid enough attention to it.” He talks about how technology is making us superhuman, that we are in the biggest shift in history as far as energy and climate are concerned, and that machines and artificial intelligence are starting to emulate humanity.

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