Earth’s climate is changing, no one can deny this. Our planet is getting warmer and warmer every day but, as pleasant as an extended summer may feel, scientists have been strongly warning us against the fatal consequences a minimum temperature raise will bring.
We’ve been bad boys, but truth is the whole solar system temperature is rising due to higher sun activity and that is speeding up the Earth into the dying moments of its last glaciation.
Our planet started to melt around 12,000 years ago -beautifully recorded by popular culture and religions as the Deluge- and Arctic and Antarctic ice caps are just the remains, soon to be part of the ocean again. Sea level increase will make places now heavily populated and disappear under the waves.
The thing is we can’t stop climate change, we can’t reverse it and if we are to survive, we’d better start amending past errors faster because we’ve ripped our home with our irresponsible behavior for too long.
Graphics of greenhouse gases emissions almost grow vertically after WWII reaching levels that our specie has never met before; and it’s all our fault.
Current concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere is 0,04%. At 4%, it causes irreversible effects in human health.
19% of CO2 is leaked out in the atmosphere by deforestation, 18% by agriculture, 23% by transportation and 40% by buildings. Our current houses are guilty for a great deal of the latter and a strategic objective for main environmental plans.
First weakness of our current housing is energy inefficiency. Power plants burn harmful carbon and petrol to heat and light our homes that can lose up to a third of it due to bad insulation.
Up to now, the energy path has been building huge power plants and the future trends are going right to the source. Immense solar panels could soon be blasted off out of our planet and wind turbines will run through our atmosphere gathering strongest winds, but our way into the future will make our houses energy independent generating exclusively unlimited clean energy.
Future buildings will consume a third part of electricity and water compared to current ones. A wise combination of solar cells and wind power provides energy to heat water for our showers and lights our dearest maid robot. Rain water is collected instead of spoiled into the city sewers to fresh the rooms in the summer and to water the hydroponic garden that feeds the entire household.
Some will prefer a more direct contact with Gaia and will cover roofs with living ground -a great natural insulating layer- where tomatoes and carrots will grow organically.
Cities won’t stop growing and urban pressure will lead contractors to build higher and higher. Future skyscrapers will be complete cities in themselves. Some of the boldest projects want to house hundreds of thousands of people in glass and steel pyramids full of schools, hospitals, commercial areas, parks, cinemas and even ski runs -you won’t have to stop being a high-tech pharaoh unless you want to-.
Sea rise is strongly present in visionary architects minds and floating cities are coming to life as real projects. Then again, self sufficiency is key; this artificial island will sail off the seven seas fueled by wave energy flux and algae and fish will grow to feed this new neighborhoods.
The forces of Nature are beyond human capability to interfere but we still can decide if we want to survive or to perish. We already have the technology and the means to do it, all we miss is the most powerful tool of them all, will.