So far, the book “Power in the Warming World”, has presented the reader with chapters centered around arguments and events that together aid in better understanding environmental politics, and the many areas of conflict inside the field. In chapter 9, “Power in the Future World”, the authors follow this structure, but instead of using past events to explain the present, they use past events to help predict the future. Admitting that guessing any one scenario is impossible, the writers predict 6 possible scenarios (some of which have offshoot scenarios) of how the globe might choose to respond to global warming and creating a sustainable world, and the consequences of each.  Before getting into the each scenario specifically, the authors summarized what the main issues are that need to be focused on. Mainly, they say that there needs to be a switch in the means of how humans use energy day by day. First, humans will have to eventually switch entirely to renewable energies. In addition to this, consumption levels of energy needs to decrease dramatically and quickly. Fundamentally, it is agreed that in order for either of these two things to happen, there must be policy changes, even if this means structure changes. The consensus was that, “the overall picture is that unless there is a strong challenge to these interests, this will lead us all to very unsustainable futures” (pg. 206).  Scenario one is what they called the dark scenario. This is the Scenario of inaction, and proposes a grim outlook on the possible future. It is argued that if nothing is done to stop this crisis, the world most humans live in would be comparable to Mad Max movies (pg. 209). Although some powerful nations may be able to maintain control, the poor and developing nations, along with many small island nations, will be chaos. It is suggested that the outcome of this would be an increase in complete totalitarian regimes. Even the powerful nations that remain order will have conflicts all over the globe with other powerful nations in attempts to secure resources. This scenario, in their minds, only comes about if we continue on the course of action that serves for long term benefit of only some countries.  Scenario two has a tad bit more of a lighter mood, emphasise on the “tad bit”. It includes two courses of action, which the authors deem “exclusive”. One possibility is that the big polluters, through a so far unseen act of generosity, give some developing countries atmospheric space in order to develop as a manageable rate. This would lead to a just and fair way of handling global warming. Unfortunately, there was a chance for this to happen, but failed at the Copenhagen Convention. The actual outcome, was the biggest polluters offered concessions to smaller nations. These concessions promised that the big emitters would pay the developing countries over a long period of time instead of giving them atmospheric space. This basically does nothing but procrastinate the problem, resulting in scenario one. Scenario three, like scenario two has two possible outcomes. Both start with inaction, and end in some sort of desperate attempt of technology to either help humans stop climate change, or live with climate change. Outcome one, is the technology works. To show evidence of this, the authors point to technology that has proved it can take CO2 out of the air. Outcome two is that the technology may not work, or works but at extreme risk. Evidence for this can be seen in the potential risks of fracking and nuclear energy.  Scenario four, five, and six are what the authors present as the bright future. This is the future in which a movement against exploiting the earth happens, and is successful. Renewables will be used in all aspects of life, and this will be made possible due to populations resorting to locally grown foods and products. Global climate justice is another aspect of the bright scenario.This means each country, no matter size or stage of development, will have equal fair rights to the atmosphere and global goods. If this were to happen, the human race could last on the planet for thousands of more years, evolving themselves and the planet.

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