The year 2100 is closer to us in time now than the start of WW2

The year 2100 is just 80 years away.

The year 2100 is just 80 years away.

My baby daughter, who is just six weeks old, will be an old lady of 80 in 2100;  it's closer to us now, than the start of the Second World War, which happened in 1939.

My daughter will be just one individual of a projected world human population of 10.9 billion people in 2100; in 1939 there were only 2 billion people on the planet.

Moving towards 2100 is where all of us will be spending all of our lifetimes and the choices we make today will have a profound effect on what life in 2100 will be like, but almost universally the world spends proportionally far more time, money and effort in remembering - memorialising - discussing and ritualising the events of 1939, than we do considering, imagining and talking about what kind of world we want in 2100.

If you do a search on what information is readily available about 2100 you'll find demography and climate change forecasts that are of use to policy makers and people who work in think tanks, but outside of that, there is really very little research about the possible world those 10.9 billion decedents of ours will be living in.

Imagine if some of those 10.9 people could have voted in the recent US Presidential Election?

Imagine if they could have a voice at the United Nations right now - what change do you think they might demand?

Much of the western world, that we know today, was developed through institutions that were created as a result of WW2, but what structures and policies are we putting in place today that will serve our eighty year-old children?

Every night we put them to bed, we're looking into their eyes now and knowing full-well that we're purposefully doing nothing at all.

2100 is only 80 years away.