Dateline 2030. Earth.
The world has achieved what was almost unthinkable only a decade prior – stabilizing the globe’s climate and staving off the worst of the possible impacts of extreme climate.
The Earth’s ecosystems are now protected from the rampant resource exploitation that characterized much of human development, with a data-enabled internalization of the value of natural capital into the global economy. With natural resources and ecosystems valued appropriately through these new data platforms, the imperatives and incentives for preservation and conservation have been baked into the system – ending the long era of treating the environment as an externality and bringing a restored balance between Homo sapiens and the biosphere.
Digitally informed and engaged citizenry ensure that governments provide the regulatory latticework needed to maintain a low carbon world. Jurisdictions across the globe and at every level host informed and interconnected climate markets. Public access to carbon emissions data enable the effective regulation of polluters, the identification of the most impactful strategies, and a stable and effective means to accurately price carbon.
The new low carbon economy has grown dramatically as a result of dynamic innovation and massive new investments. Open and accessible carbon emissions data fuel private and public incentives for consumers to take climate friendly actions, create new markets for entrepreneurs, and support the transition from dirty-to-clean business operations.