Danny Bloom
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‘Compassion for the future’ project sets its sights on Mars, and the stars

There’s an interesting and futuristic project that I’ve heard about called ”Compassion for the Future,” and while it’s still in its infancy stages, without any published material yet, it might capture your attention as it did mine.

The CFF project calls for and advocates the creation and publication of guides, manuals, encyclopedias and other materials (videos or internet blogs) designed to be read not by people living today, but by people living in the last days of humankind 20 to 30 generations from now that might help them and their loved ones prepare for and learn how accept and cope with the end days of human civillzation due to the severe impact events of runaway climate change in 500 years or so.

It’s a futuristic project and it has nothing to do with today, so no need to worry now.

The CFF project, as it stands now, doesn’t offer anything for most people to chew on since entire climate activist community and the climate scientists and philosophers who work in tandem with them worldwide want political leadership and political solutions  technological and geo-engineering fixes that can save humanity from climate change impact events before it’s too late. That’s the rational and logical road to take.

And we need to be listening to people like Katharine Hayhoe, Eric Holthaus, Nathaniel Rich, David Wallace-Wells, Michael Mann, Andy Revkin and Kate Marvel. All climate activists and climate scientists seek solutions and fixes and messages based on hope and optimism to realize their dream of stopping runaway global warming before it is too late. They think they have the answers, or that with time the answers and solutions and fixes will come and they therefore contiinue advocating for positive, optimistic messaging to the public. And that’s important.

The public? That’s you and me.

Yes, there was one scientist way back in 2006, in Britain, James Lovelock, who spoke quietly of something very similiar to the CFF project, where he called for people in the present to write guides and manuals for people in the distant future, just in case.

Of course, nobody in the UK or Europe or North America took Lovellock seriously and now at the age of 97, people still don’t take his ideas seriously. But I do. I think he was onto something important, and I think the CFF project, if it ever comes to fruition could contribute something useful to humankind.

Who might be involved? Well, for example, writers, poets, artists, academics, scholars, psychologists, anthropologists, psychiatrists, sociologists, futurists, science fiction experts, journalists, editors, a whole bunch of people from all walks of life. It might generate manifestos and diary entries geared for readers in the distant future, say 30 generations from now, some 500 years from now. And the point would be to show compassion for future generations worldwide, our descendants, so that they can better accept and adjust to what might be happening to them and their world and their environment as catastrophic runaway climate change impact events possibly get closer and closer to them. Then again, that kind of future might never come to pass, if we can stop climate change now or in the next 100 years. God knows, we’re trying.

Greta Thunberg in Sweden has been leading the way in Poland and at Davos.

Me, I’m just a cheerleader for the CFF project, but others more expert than me in seeing into the future will take charge and I am actively looking for them now. Their work will be like a generation ship except that this generation ship will not be in outer space in some sci-fi novel or movie but right here on Earth with real people doing real work to create these CFF materials.

The more I think about this, I think it’s just a science fiction pipedream. But who knows, maybe the CFF project could serve a purpose for future generations. It might even prove to be a new way to have real hope for the future and carry on fighting for climate justice worldwide, and not just for the rich and famous jetting into Davos in their 1,500 private jets to hobnob with the rest of the rich and famous.

Let’s see what happens next. There’s still a lot of time.

About the Author
Danny Bloom is editor of The Cli-Fi Report at www.cli-fi.net. Danny graduated from Tufts University in Boston in 1971 with a major in Yiddish Literature. A newspaper editor and reporter since his days in Alaska, Japan and Taiwan, he has lived and worked in 14 countries and speaks French, Japanese and Chinese. He hopes to live until 2032, when his tombstone will read "I came, I saw, I ate cho-dofu."
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