It’s a Shadow future to think about, but by 2030, CSULB could be living in a world of extreme climate volatility. The fires of 2018 have brought this new reality home. Let’s hope they push us toward the tipping point for doing things differently starting in 2019. Countless player are highlighting the issue:
Living with climate change can seem like a dreary future. Mahesh Dixit paints a vivid picture of 2030 in which wildfires force students to drop out.
Already wildfire smoke across California is making it harder for people to get around or spend time outside. CSULB must think about how to operate day-to-day in a world where some students simply might not be able to get to campus, or sustain themselves while enrolled.
Living with climate change won’t just make it harder to be outside and get around. This super-interesting card from Elena Jimenez raises the issue that living with climate change will also increase mental health stress:
What will it mean to operate a university set in a volatile and unpredictable climate?
In 2030, player Nguyentnolan hopes, we’ll have “solidarity in the movement towards adapting institutions and lifestyles towards climate change.” What adaptations will CSULB will have made? Who do we need to start creating solidarity with, today?
A new interdisciplinary major – Climate Change Science and Solutions – could form the basis of solidarity, suggests Holli:
Such a major would position CSULB as a learning hub for future climate action leaders, attracting research and interest to a region bound to be affected.
The Beach could make radical changes to its transportation subsidies and systems, as Ashley Anderson points out:
We have a choice. We can avoid the Shadow future where a media campaign in 2030 blames LBSU for not preparing its students for the changing reality of climate change, and instead, be the subjects of a Positive media campaign that praises the university’s prescient efforts, starting in 2019.
CSULB could make itself known as an institution that teaches climate change resilience, designs and engineers solutions, and exemplifies living with climate change through its course offerings, its research, and its infrastructure. We’re already beginning. Martin Herman reminds us that there’s precedent for CSULB coming up with new solutions: