Gallery: Green Design Predictions for 2013
Cue up your favorite version of "We're All In This Together", because we really are now. Young people are moving in with parents who are taking care of older parents, and the old idea of the nuclear family is blown up. Events like Superstorm Sandy show that our homes and communities have to be resilient, flexible and adaptable.
This will change the way we think about green design as we look for simpler systems that keep going under all kinds of conditions. More bikes and walk-up apartments; I sincerely hope fewer glass towers by starchitects.
Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org
I think there’s actually a chance 2013 will be a significant year in climate history — the year when the planet’s leaders actually ran out of excuses for their inaction. We’re seeing record temperatures, record melting, record storms, record everything: it’s clearly not the same world we thought it was even a few years ago. But we’re also finally seeing record dissent. In the U.S. for instance, students on more than 190 campuses are fighting to demand the divestment of stocks in fossil fuel companies. They’ve peeled back the layers of the onion — they’re not demanding new lightbulbs, they’re demanding systemic changes in the balance of power, trying to weaken the forces of the radical status quo, the ones systematically altering the chemistry of the atmosphere.
It’s a hard fight, of course, because those forces are led by the richest industry on earth — the oil, coal, and gas tycoons. So I don’t predict the outcome. Only that the choice for the powerful is going to get harder almost by the week, if we keep building the movements we need to build. We’re not as powerful as Exxon yet, but we’re closer than we used to be, which is the only good news I can think of.