USC Cinematic Arts

Human activities have set Earth onto a trajectory that will lead to a very different Earth by 2050 and certainly by 2100. It may be an Earth that will be inhospitable to support life as we know it, including human life. The two biggest challenges are the ways we grow and harvest our food and the kinds and amounts of energy we use. To avoid the collapse of ecosystem services needed to support human life, we will have to challenge conventional wisdom and employ bold strategies including geoengineering the Earth’s climate system and producing genetically-modified crops.

How can designers work with scientists to set the stage for a major shift in our Earth’s trajectory by visualizing new possibilities through storytelling and immersive experience?