We met a French researcher from the European Commission at the Adaptation Futures 2016 conference. He is a senior policy analyst with a vision and a mission. He is trying to convince governments to not only focus on worrying about finding present solutions but politicians have to look towards the future.

By 2035 the global population will probably reach 8.6 billion, with an ageing population which is stable in Europe but growing strongly in Africa and parts of Asia. Worldwide, the number of consumers is expected to increase by 4 billion, mainly in emerging economies, resulting in strong demand for raw materials and energy. The first generation of ‘digital natives’ with their new approach to social contacts and mastery of digital technologies, will be in power. Global warming could very well have already reached 2 degrees, with an accompanying rise in sea level and damage to agriculture and infrastructure. Urbanisation will also continue unabated, leading to megacities in the developing world and larger mid-sized cities in Europe. All of this will happen in a context of continuing technological development (ICT, biotechnologies, materials, mobile technologies, sensors, etc.) that will lead to a hyper-connected world. Source: European Commission: ‘paths towards a sustainable EU economy’, December 2015