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10 visions of the future you've never even thought of

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MOST books report on what has already happened. John O’Brien has written one that describes the future.

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But it’s not just built on his ideas. Launched this week in South Australia, Visions 2100: Stories from Your Future presents scenarios from 80 of the world’s leading environmental thinkers and influencers.

And some of their visions of the year 2100 might surprise you.

1. Robogardeners, LaserBubbles and Parceldrones are thingsRobogardenersNewmeatNewmeat

We travel by bike. We all have Copenhagen Wheels for the hills and I love our LaserBubbles that protect us in the rain.  We live just a few kilometres from work and school. Parceldrones carry the big things for us when we go shopping.

Dr Will Grant | Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, ANU, Canberra, Australia

2. There’s an app to share human poo

Peggy Liu | Chairperson, Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy, Shanghai, China

3. The elderly don’t live alonelifecareAllAgearcology

Professor Campbell Gemmell | Consulting Partner, Canopus | Professor of Environmental Regulation and Policy, University of Glasgow | Previously CEO of Scottish EPA

4. Women take chargeG7

Deciding to end income tax and replace it with carbon consumption was the centerpiece of the election platform. Only when three megacities declared bankruptcy after the summer of squalls did soccer mums truly get behind the call. And it worked despite disputes in the courts.

Rachel Kyte| Vice President & Special Envoy, Climate Change, World Bank Washington, DC, USA

5. Equality is realityrenewables

Mary Robinson | Former President of Ireland | President of the Mary Robinson Foundation | Climate Justice Special Envoy on Climate Change, United Nations

6. Climate crimes are prosecutedbenefitted

Professor Peter Doherty AC | Joint winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 | Australian of the Year in 1997| University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

7. Ecology rules

L. Hunter Lovins | President, Natural Capitalism Solutions, Colorado, USA

8. Countries fight for, not against, immigration​With years of low birth rates in developed countries, there have been serious political, social and cultural shifts throughout the world. In more developed countries, there has been significant economic strain due to the rapidly ageing population, as well as the increasingly smaller working-age population. The tiny working population demanded an increase in immigration, and this meant that countries began to fight for immigrants.

Caleb Rice | Year 12 IB Student, Prince Alfred College, Adelaide, Australia

9. No need for curtainsnanoglassrecycler

Kristin Alford | Futurist, Bridge8, Adelaide, Australia

10. Texting? Social media? They’re obsolete

Nigel Lake | CEO, Pottinger, Sydney, Australia

You can see more visions from the year 2100 at http://www.facebook.com/visions2100/

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