Could this be the final century of our civilization? This provocative question is explored in a new TV special that takes the viewer on a journey into the future, the year 2100 to be exact, airing tonight, on ABC, from 9-11 pm EDT. “Earth 2100” centers on “Lucy,” a fictional character born on this day, June 2, 2009, looking back on the 21st century as a 91-year-old woman living in a world where humans failed to bring down CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions sufficiently to avoid serious consequences. This is “door number 1”—then we are offered “door number 2” —an alternative scenario, one we can look forward to only if we tackle and conquer the task of bringing down emissions to avert catastrophe and suffering. See details for previews.
See Bill Blakemore’s overview of the special on one of his Nature’s Edge segments.
Also, Diane Sawyer’s interview with Bob Woodruff about the program.
John Holdren, President Obama’s Science and Technology Adviser, says on the special, “If we’re still dragging our feet in 2015, it really becomes almost impossible for the world to avert a degree of climate change that we simply will not be able to manage.”