Carrying Capacity

As a city we have a personal carbon trading system. Each inhabitant has a carbon emissions counter on his or her smart device. Has a person reached their daily limit then they can login to the trade market and trade with someone who will not reach their emissions for that day. At a later date however that person can then ask for that amount of “emission limit” back. The average person should only produce 2.0t per year. In 2016 an EU citizen produced 9.1t on average. (MyClimate, N.a)

Furthermore our fruits and vegetables are produced locally and seasonally. Each residential building has a garden for public use and the commercial buildings have solar panels installed on the roof. We have no imported energy from the city and again we have a trading system. Every inhabitant receives a quota, an amount we are guaranteed to produce per day. Afterwards our citizens can trade energy online. After their quota the residents are highly taxed on further energy use as a deterrent. After the shock of 2034 where the world’s oil reserves were next to extinct and discussions were made to turn back to nuclear energy. The city decided that this step back couldn’t be the way forward and started producing alternative energy. One of my favourite sources of energy comes from the clubs and bars within the city. The dance floor converts kinetic energy of the dancing customers into electricity. (Energy floors, N.d)

 

Looking back

In 2016 it would have been possible to live with this quota of energy that our residents receive now. However energy was too cheap and their was no incentive. I am so glad we took the step away from nuclear energy as I felt that there was a constent threat that something could go wrong. One of our flight paths took us over a power plant and I remember having a queasy feeling every time I looked down.

Development

The UN University did a great thing to raise the awareness of local products. They held online seminars with information about fruit and vegetables we had long forgotten about and launched a competition where the locals had to grow the most bizzare looking (local) fruit or vegetable and the others could vote. This competition got the whole town talking and lots of people found out how much fun home grown produce could be. We had forgotten how good local food can taste rather than the imported goods that have been in transit for days or even weeks. Now we enjoy those products locally when we fly to the countries where they are grown.

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