“Rebooting the Future” is a place to think about the world we’ve created as a result of climate change, and to explore some potential solutions, especially renewable energy. It’s inspired by a version of the Pottery Barn rule: “we broke it; now we own it.” That’s essentially why the new geological era we’re living in is called the “Anthropocene” — it’s based on overwhelming global evidence that atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, biospheric and other earth system processes are now altered by humans. What will we do now that we “own it”?
Understand: there’s no real reason to worry about saving the planet — it will take care of itself. But saving human civilization is a lot more challenging. Can we make the changes necessary to pull it off? It’s no exaggeration to say that the outcome hangs in the balance. As Yogi Berra once put it, “The future ain’t what it used to be.”