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The Eco-Futurist Version of Back to the Future
I still don’t understand how imagining a better future based on clean sustainable energy and unimpeded imagination is so outrageously difficult for so many.
Truly, I don’t want to understand, because what I really want is for folks to know the truth about what is possible when it comes to clean energy. So much is happening right now in other countries that those still in their tunnel vision need to back out of it or back off.
When I was invited to Guy Dauncey’s book presentation of ‘Journey to the Future’ at his home the timing was fantastic. As an activist and someone who loves to share great ideas by writing reviews, I just had to put it out there in all its simplicity in hopes that people could seriously start to ‘get it’.
Innovation is a Continuous Action
Imagine Vancouver in the year 2032 as a city brimming with innovative technologies that have leap-frogged far beyond fossil fuel dependency and dysfunctional politics to create a very functional ecotopian lifestyle with syntropy at its foundation.
I love brilliance and I even have some of my own, but here Guy encapsulates and incorporates working models from around the world with his own eco-know-how, and lets his imagination work to process a pictorial tale that everyone can relate to.
Vibrant Change Without the Shock
The changes that need to happen are not a shock to the system − far from it. They are simple shifts in our thinking that we make for ourselves rather than the ones our government imposes on us; our own choice to release ourselves from the stressful lifestyle that is guaranteed to worsen if we continue in this same manner.
Some solutions have a familial element in that communities of people are more vibrant because of the reduced sense of loneliness resulting from raised citizen camaraderie. Some are pure unbridled earthy creations with lush foliage woven into the architectural design of buildings, streets and cement walls − bringing us closer to nature’s restorative powers.
It’s no surprise the sun plays a big part in our quasi-realistic future, and with so many ways to harness that immense power we’ll be paying pennies per kilowatt. It only makes sense because the sun freely gives the energy away without the need for dams or generators − we have the technology and we need to expand our use of it.
Driving home from his book presentation I sensed an ambience of anticipation I hadn’t recalled since I left home and stepped out into the world on my own; a teenager with a mind full of wonder excited to be out in a great big beautiful world. The only difference now is a heightened vigilance in blocking the psycho-political dangers that would suck the life out of that big beautiful world, with me in it…and I’m not alone in my perspective.
It’s been very clear these past years that many minds are evolving into this self-organizing mode of thinking that allows us to troop together from our own initiative into a unified understanding in our need for a healthy planet. It’s as if the Earth itself is using its magnetism to get us feeling connected to it again and the cosmos is sending thoughts that are rich with ripe solutions to those who are open-minded enough to listen.
Book review as featured in Dialogue Magazine: https://issuu.com/janetkhicks/docs/dialogue-v29-n4-summer2016-digital/32