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One year ago, I met Laureline Krichewsky at Resilience Frontiers, a conference on climate resilience organized by UN Climate and coordinated by her. I posted about this experience here on my blog. She has since left the UNFCCC and began her own project, One Resilient Earth, which weaves together art, science, ancient wisdom and new technologies along with visual artist Anshul Mathur.
Laureline invited me to answer a series of cool questions regarding the Earth, community, and the future for the Open Mind series of their online magazine Tero (which means Earth in Esperanto). I really enjoyed answering all of them. I thank Laureline and Anshul for the opportunity and transcribe here the full interview, which you can also read on their website, along with a selection of my work.
How do you imagine the world in 20 years?
In 20 years, the better part of humanity will have learned (thanks to the current pandemic) that the only way that the human race can thrive on Earth is by protecting its ecosystems. All countries comply to this golden rule: there will be no exploitation nor pollution of the land, forests, water sources. Education will value more than now, mutual respect and personal growth rather than in the production of employees that feed an economic system. Children and teenagers will be taught how to deal with emotions, how to lead healthy, conscious and peaceful lives and how to cultivate compassion and respect towards one another and the environment. The connection to the natural world and its inherent wisdom will be more and more cultivated and encouraged. Countries will no longer invest most of their budget in weapons and the military but instead in medical research and the eradication of poverty, inequality, hunger and terminal, autoimmune and degenerative diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, etc. and in culture, the arts and education. Research and implementation of natural remedies to treat psychological and physical ailments will be much greater than now, and will eventually outnumber the chemical ones. People have learned to travel less and live more local lives, thus maintaining the carbon emissions to their minimum. We are still learning to act for the common good instead of thinking about individual benefits, but doing much better than in 2020. Technology is an intrinsic part of our lives. We have learned to use it to our benefit and not to our detriment. We are using it in order to connect to each other in more meaningful ways and to help us deal with possible natural disasters, pandemics and other catastrophes. Artificial intelligence is moving forward in order to improve the quality of life of humans and to help us attain harmony within our societies and with our ecosystems.
How do you imagine the world in 1000 years?
In 1000 years, humanity keeps on evolving beyond what is possibly imaginable right now. Though perhaps not the majority, the more conscious, altruistic and compassionate part of humanity is leading the way for progress. We are beginning to communicate on a deeper, intuitive level, more telepathic. We have somehow incorporated artificial intelligence into our biological bodies, able to detect and heal ill parts and to enhance ourselves to reach new levels of consciousness. There are at least two possible outcomes to the future: the best and worst case scenarios (which may have many variants), and since I am a realist, I will focus (and project) on the best one: Human beings have truly mastered and optimized the available resources on Earth in order to live fulfilling lives in harmony with nature. We have successfully attained the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable development (No poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure, no inequality, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, life below water, life on land, peace, justice and strong institutions, partnership for the goals) and implemented at least a dozen more new ones. Culture and the arts have become for the past hundreds of years the basis of all societies, more than an essential good, it is considered a pillar of life. Artists, philosophers, therapists, educators, natural scientists and other professionals collaborate in the daily politics to create and implement the best measures fo