This crops up in Fashion Futures (Techno-Chic) and could easily have been in a Tourism 2023 scenario.
With airlines desperate to reduce weight on aircraft (to cut fuel use and costs), and the hassle of checking-in bags at airports there surely has to be a business case for 'renting' what you need when you get to your destination instead of carting luggage with you?
I couldn't believe this when I first saw it... but tourism for teddies really exists:
"The basic fare of EUR 90 ensures that a ted will communicate by email daily during his, her or its travels and then return home with photographs, a certificate and a gift. The extended fare, priced at EUR 140, adds more photographs, an 'aromatherapy service', and an original travel box; while the premium fare of EUR 150 adds a photo album, a 'massage' and an original shipment package. Toy Traveling serves only toys sized 80cm x 40cm x 40cm or smaller, and weighing no more than 3kg."
Taking travel and tourism to a whole new level, or just plain ridiculous?
Climate change, terrorism, the credit crunch, peak oil, the electricity ‘generation gap’... Starting to feel like disaster is just around every corner? Then join the growing bunch of 'preppers' in the US who are ready for anything that comes at them, stocking up on food, water and energy supplies in preparation for any eventuality.
“While there have always been people who have anticipated and prepared for disaster, ‘prepping’ as a discernable movement has emerged only in the last 18 months, with the growth of online prepper networks and blogs. Since its inception just 15 months ago, the American Preppers Network and its associated state networks now get more than 5,000 hits a day.”
But don’t go confusing preppers with survivalists:
A few years ago I was at one of those dinner parties where you only know the host, but they’re sitting miles away and everyone else knows each other. Turning to the guy next to me, I played (I thought) fairly safe with the conversation-opener: “So, what do you do?” He looked at me fairly scathingly said: “I don’t believe we should define ourselves by what we do”, and turned to the person on his other side, leaving me in a conversational limbo in which to reflect my social transgression.*I remembered this incident this week when I went to an event hosted by nef to discuss their report 21 hours which asks: what if the ‘normal’ working week was 21 hours rather than 40 hours?
Clever clothes that let you know when you're entering a polluted area:
'Detectair' is "a cowl-neck vest studded with LEDs that simulate the way you breathe based on the toxicity of your environment, along with tiny vibrators that alert you when you’ve wandered into an unhealthy airspace."
A sign that our Fashion Futures scenario 'Techno-Chic' is actually starting to happen.
At precisely the moment when this government has finally got its act together on addressing climate change, public confidence in the science of climate change would appear to have hit a new low. Depending on which opinion poll you read, the percentage of people who now believe both that climate change is happening and that it's primarily happening as a consequence of the emissions of greenhouse gases we put into the atmosphere, has gone down to less than 50% of us, and possibly as low as 30% of us.
I've seen a number of articles recently about behaviour change and energy use, nicely compiled by Grist here. Whether it's Congressman Brian Baird saying we could reduce our energy consumption by 20% in 20 weeks,or a paper by Hunt Allcott and Sendhil Mullainathan in Science Magazine on the rigorous application of behavioural science to large-scale business and policy innovations, it's useful to remember there's an alternative to 'techfix' and it can be just as sophisticated...
The big news in the Budget was the green investment bank – a welcome development, but only the start of what Britain needs to create a low-carbon economy.The chancellor, Alistair Darling, announced that the government and private sector would each contribute a billion pounds and the bank’s initial focus would be on green transport and sustainable energy, particularly offshore wind power. The bank’s stimulus would unlock billions more of investment, he predicted. Our future prosperity relies on making a rapid transition to a low-carbon economy, so a green investment bank is long overdue.
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