The Sustainable

Future Roadmap

The Sustainable

Future Roadmap

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Overview

A roadmap for the future

Ever wonder what a sustainable, regenerative future would look like? Look no further.
This project uses futurism as a guide while it dives into sectors like food production, fashion, education, transportation, living spaces, communication, and more. It imagines what the results of a real large-scale climate mobilization would look like. The projects are researched and designed as sustainable, circular, and regenerative solutions to combat climate change and its impacts. They use climate design concepts and mother nature’s inherent knowledge, known recently as biomimicry, to guide their impact.

Creativity: a renewable energy
These solutions tap into one of human’s most renewable resources, creativity, and range from sustainable production materials to low-carbon supply chains. Hopefully, these leave you inspired to take up and promote change – encouraging sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12) in order to further climate action (SDG 13).

There’s great power in visualization. For example, try building a house on time and on budget without blueprints… it’s just not gonna happen. The same is true with building societal and infrastructure change. That’s why it’s important to imagine a positive future and build a road map to get there.

Conversations about the climate often center what we don’t want to happen. We don’t want people to suffer from droughts, unbreathable air, or hunger. We don’t want to lose vibrant cities to flooding, or beloved wildernesses to drilling. We don’t want endangered Monarch butterflies to disappear. 

At Climate Creative we believe it is just as important to engage imaginatively about what we do want to happen. Innovating toward the climate future we do want requires harnessing our own renewable energy: creativity. 

Climate Creative challenges us to imagine what our near future might look like if we adopted creative ways forward now.

In this project, we challenge participants to imagine what human society could look like in a regenerative future that addressed many of our current problems. How might food systems look? What would life in a city be like? What things have changed for the better?

This was the vision of the Climate Creative Fall 2020 Cohort.

The Climate Creative Cohort is hosted twice a year in spring and fall. It’s an 8-week creative professional development fellowship that allows participants to grow their environmental knowledge and use their creative and problem-solving skills to make a final social-impact oriented project.

Our work here is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s meant to help you dream about the future and think about what is possible if we mobilize quickly and with vision. There are so many parts of our society that need an overhaul that we couldn’t get to, so that’s where you come in…

This is a living project, and we’d love for you to participate as well! Submit your vision for the future and join the project. Learn about the submission requirements below.

Projects

Community-built visions of the future

Infrastructure
Lauren Dirgo

15 Minute Cities

The Vision Transportation Futures Our team was recently lucky enough to stumble upon an artifact from the future, what appears to be pages from a history textbook. The pages describe

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Communication
Lisa Beth Anderson

Botanical Inks

The Vision In the future printed materials will feature vibrant, sustainable botanical inks rendered from community compostables.

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Culture
Elexis Padrón

Connection Cards

The Vision Connecting with nature In the future, humans have brought themselves back from the brink of a climate disaster. How did they do it? The simple answer is: they

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Communication
Nik Evasco

Communicating Change

The Vision In the future… For decades the environmental movement had been defined as an exclusive white-led club. The movement preferenced scientific debates about the ozone layer over honoring indigenous

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Business
Monica Dang

One Nation Over Plastic

The Vision Making sustainable packaging accessible for all We’re underwhelmed by plastic – to say the least. The future of takeout will be a mix of reusable and sustainable one-time-use

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Fashion
Karina Zalac

ZacPack: Reduce Packaging Waste

The Vision Reducing packaging waste ZacPak Backpacks are the new grocery store essential accessory. All grocery stores have made the switch to zero-waste and single-use packaging is no longer available

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Biomimicry
Joy Musillo

Biomimicry & The Future of Design

What is Biomimicry? Biomimicry is the act of observing nature to learn from it’s innate problem-solving abilities. We can use what we learn from nature to solve everyday design issues

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Contribute

Guidelines for submissions

Do you have an idea for a system, product, or societal shift that the world should be working toward? Contribute to the roadmap!

You can use this guiding question for help:

In the future, how might we have achieved a successful, sustainable transition in       insert current unsustainable or extractive industry or practice       . (eg. agriculture)

To submit you project for review

Please send a Google Drive (or similar file storage system) folder with the following items included:

Required Assets:

Header Image: 1500 by 800 pixels
The Vision Copy: 100+ Words describing your vision for what the future would look like
Project Files: High-def visuals, video, music, words, or another format. that represents your project. There are no exact size or shape requirements here, but be aware that it will be displayed on the page and should be as clear as possible.
Plan of Action: At least 3 items that you believe would be good steps to achieving this reality

Optional Assets:

Project Explanation Copy: 100+ Words describing necessary background if the project is not self-explanatory
Biomimicry Considerations (optional, but highly recommended): 100+ Words explaining how biomimicry was considered in the ideation of your
Resources: Things that help people work toward your climate future
Sources: Items you used in researching your climate future

Assistance

If you need assistance with any of these pieces, please reach out via the contact form. We may be able to assist you based on capacity. 

Response & Review

Someone will be in contact as soon as possible to confirm receipt of submission and the expected timeline for review.

Ownership

You own the idea, words, assets, and visuals of your project. You’re leasing it to us for display and use on our website, social media, teaching tools, etc. as we see fit. If you’d like your project removed from our platform, please give 30 days notice for removal. 

Submit to the project

Please review the submission guidelines above. 

This project was made as a Climate Creative Cohort project. Learn more about the Climate Creative Cohort and meet the creators.