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Climate change: Four futures

Here’s a novel way of looking at the future that doesn’t just apply to climate change. The four generic futures are (1) Continuation, (2) Collapse, (3) Discipline, and (4) Technology and Innovation. Each alternative has good and bad aspects. There’s no best or worst case, no most likely scenario. All need to be considered equally. The best strategy is to plan for all four of them, beginning with a detailed plan to move us quickly toward a new energy paradigm. That plan should include innovative technologies, but will need economic, cultural, and spiritual change too. The four climate futures aren’t either-or, but and-and-and-and.

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