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How can future climate change be simulated so that people can experience it today?

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 07, 2021
Can we come up with a good way of simulating climate change so that people can experience the significance of it today?
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Augmented reality glasses that simulate a dryer nature in real-time

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 07, 2021
Augmented reality glasses that simulate a dryer nature with more dead/missing plants. When the person looks around their usual surroundings.

Climate change mode in popular videogames

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 07, 2021
To increase climate change awareness in young people, videogame makers could include an easily accessible toggle that switches the game's landscape/nature 10, 20, 30 years ahead.

A few examples:



Optionally there could be a hybrid view where half of the screen shows today's nature while the other half shows what it would be like in the future. Something like this:

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Spook Louw
Spook Louw9 days ago
Disaster movies are also always popular, if movies can be made that accurately depict what the consequences of climate change will be, people might also grasp how real the threats are. I believe the best way to get any information to the masses is becoming popular culture like games and television. The majority of people rarely read news, and even fewer engage with academic dissertations. I think the people who will actually visit things like the extreme weather greenhouses or use the VR to experience climate change will be those who already realize the severity of it. To get the information to people who are still ignorant about climate change, I think games and movies would be the best avenues.

Extreme weather greenhouses erected around parts of existing forests

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Oct 07, 2021
Greenhouses erected around parts of public forests or parks. Keep the microclimate inside the greenhouses more extreme, relative to the rest of the forest, and let nature take its course to transform the plants inside.

Keep such greenhouses open to visitors so that they can experience the future.

The Eden Project in UK:





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Povilas S
Povilas S9 days ago
This is perhaps the best or at least one of the best options
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni10 days ago
I was going to mention "museums of the future of climate change" showcasing photos of real examples, simulated pictures and videos, and art; however, the weather greenhouse idea is better. Constructing such a greenhouse may also provide clues of how an area degrades into something that cannot support life, further increasing our knowledge of the process. Such greenhouses could also have a small screening room where people could watch educational videos. Since these greenhouses will be adjacent to existing forests, which people will visit, the forest itself could be transformed into barren and degraded land in the greenhouse, like a destroyed replica. Experiencing something beautiful in the forest and looking at a potentially destroyed version of that may be an eye-opener.

Showcase real examples

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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni Oct 07, 2021
There is an idea in the session itself. Creating an experience of what the future of climate change would look like is itself an idea worth pursuing.

There are real examples of climate change. Along with simulations of the future, the real examples that are close enough could work. They may not be extreme but they paint an appropriate picture, sufficient enough to motivate people to at least think about it. For example, this picture. The photographer or an associate could come up with the background story describing the events in further detail.

Survival shows

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Spook Louw
Spook Louw Oct 08, 2021
Perhaps another way to show just how bad it could get would be to have a series filmed, based on surviving the effects of climate change. Contestants could then either be taken to areas that already experience extreme weather, or it could be simulated.
Of course, you would need a way to ensure that all contestants don't actually die, so it still won't be completely accurate. Still, it might get the idea across.
There doesn't even need to be a winner. It could be an impossible challenge, which might drive home the point even more. (You don't want people to start thinking that climate change won't be so bad just because they saw some person on a reality show "survive" it.)
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic9 days ago
The survival show could be presented as an experiment. People would go into 2 biodomes. One would have a very pleasant climate (maybe something like Costa Rica), the other would be a simulation of the same area after 30-50 years of global warming.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic9 days ago
The health of the contestants could be monitored. Each time they are provided with assistance (rehydration, etc) could be logged and the numbers prominently displayed. This would show that scenarios that were once completely survivable are becoming reliant on technology to get us through.

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Aashi Agarwal
Aashi Agarwal5 days ago
One way to help people realize the realness of climate change is to install mirrors with webcam in public washrooms. The idea is to have monitors that display your image real time superimposed on a background of climate change affected scenarios. So, when a person goes to a public restroom and looks in the mirror they look at an unsettling image of themselves in an environment hard to envision at this date and time. The idea is inspired by an environmental campaign where the picture of a poor African kid begging for water was pasted in wash basins such that all the water that trickles down from the faucet on use, leaks directly into the sink hole without ever reaching the kid, showing how the more water we waste, more the deprivation people face all around the world. Thus, looking at one’s own reflection in an environment not conducive for humans might just be the warning bell that people often need.