“I think over the next 30 years, weather conditions are going to continue to get more extreme and our children won’t have a lot of the freedoms we used to take for granted— breathing the air without fear, being in the sun without fear, swimming in the waters without fear. A lot of that is already happening. I think we’re past the point of trying to head off these changes, and instead have to figure out how to adapt to them.”
Rachel Antell, Archival Producer, Berkeley
“We have a couple of decades to build resilience before the climate curves accelerate in the second half of the century. This is a great challenge, but it's an opportunity to redesign our cities and surrounding landscapes to be greener, healthier, more equitable, and more resilient to climate change. I'm excited about the creativity and activity, the potential for a proactive, generative response to climate change.”
Robin Grossinger, Resilient Landscapes Program co-Director, SFEI
“The rate of change of society and dramatic shifts in social structures brought about by new technology [worries me]. Globalisation brought a move from manufacturing to services, which has happened slowly but wreaked a lot of social havoc. The next phase will impact low level professions – we didn’t respond well when we had decades to do it – now the hope of Governments to do anything about education or finding work for people is little… a universal wage is one of the options but work can be very intrinsic to peoples’ lives and identities, so what happens if you take that away?”
Judy Gibbons, Chair of Which? Ltd Board; Non-Exec Director, Virgin Money Giving
With many thanks to all those who generously gave their time to speak with us.