Images that changed how we see the world and ourselves. Images that will change us more.

November 13, 2023 by Joshua
in Nature, Visualization

Before I was born, the image of Earth from space changed not just a generation, but forever how humans saw the Earth and ourselves. It’s hard for me to imagine how seeing that image affected people seeing it for the first time. Here’s one:

earth from space

Here’s another:


Projected images after sea-level rise

Can you imagine how we’ll feel about the Earth and ourselves after more sea-level rise? I’m sure you’ve seen images like the ones below. If you’re like me, you think about them in the abstract, wondering if that outcome is really possible.

It’s not just possible. It’s likely. Try to imagine actually seeing maps change like this. Imagine future generations knowing there was once more Florida but we wouldn’t stop ourselves indulging despite knowing the outcome.

Well, we can stop ourselves. I don’t know why people live such extreme, unbalanced lifestyles. Human have forever valued stewardship. We will prefer our lives with stewardship. Even if you can’t change anyone else, you’ll prefer it.

Anyway, here are some projections:

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