OurLife21 : raconter le quotidien post-COP21

lahsenzahra_portrait_4d_880x320_v1Développé par l’association 4D, qui “construit un savoir et une expertise sur le développement durable et contribue à faire connaître ses enjeux“, le programme OurLife21 se présente comme “un outil permettant à chacun de visionner des quotidiens de familles en 2050, dans une société qui veut maîtriser sa consommation de ressources et ses impacts environnementaux.” Il s’agit ainsi de “simuler les effets de l’accord de Paris dans le quotidien des gens.

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2312: An essay in world-building

2312_jacket-final-mechIn 2312, first published in 2012 (French translation to hit the shelves in May 2017), SF writer and ecologist Kim Stanley Robinson (aka KSR) imagines a world where, after having (almost) desperately messed up its planet of origin, humanity expands by colonizing and “terraforming” the whole solar system…

… What, another of those stories? Not quite.

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Slow Catastrophes, Speculative Futures, Science & Imagination: Rewriting and Rethinking Sustainability

slow-catastrophes-uncertain-revivals-cover-525x600Slow Catastrophes, Uncertain Revivals (2016, free eBook) features 5 stories created by students in “Slow Catastrophes, Speculative Futures, Science & Imagination: Rewriting and Rethinking Sustainability”, a course by Michele Speitz at Furman University in South Carolina.

Taking inspiration from Project Hieroglyph‘s “visions for a better future” and an essay by Kim Stanley Robinson for the 2013 Worldwatch Institute Report (Is It Too Late?, .pdf), the course “challenged students to draw on multiple disciplines—across the sciences and the humanities—in order to create works of science fiction that might inspire us to address the multifarious complications bound up with climate change, that might embolden us to confront what some see as an impossibility: to be able to say ‘Yes, sustainability is still possible.’

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