Trends & Issues

Global communications and interconnected markets cause a massive peace movement. Humanism overwhelms religious and political interests. Military spending world-wide drops to a tenth of previous levels.
Pay per use road pricing systems create significant reduction of personal motoring in densely populated areas. Revenue provides welcome improvements in public transportation systems.
A significant percentage of developed cultures have adopted lifestyles of voluntary simplicity, favoring a slower pace and less choice. There is growing public awareness of individual modesty in the use of natural resources.
Great advances in thin film photo-voltaics have made solar collection abundant and cheap. Traditional energy companies as well as new cottage utilities supply us power. Solar electric dominates the economy.
Globalization effectively reverses due to a number of economic, security and environmental factors. Long distance travel declines. People retreat to their communities where local food and goods production has increased.
US and Europe co-exist with South East Asia but China and India dominate world politics with Russia being isolationist and opportunist
Global movements to encourage bio-diversity after nearly a century of vast single-crop farms and single-tree forests etc. Efforts are hampered by lack of fertile land.
Individuals are allocated global carbon credits. A global carbon credit exchange market emerges that redistributes wealth from the wasteful to the efficient.
Abundance of data on safety statistics and hidden costs has spurred a movement towards risk awareness. Some people have become safety fanatics; others are prepared to trade risk for other benefits. Risk segregation occurs in some places.