The Podcast: Mitchell Joachim says our green future is tree houses and balloon busses

The Podcast

The Podcast: Mitchell Joachim says our green future is tree houses and balloon busses

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From balloon hover busses to ethical cricket farms, architect Mitchell Joachim and his colleagues at Terreform ONE are dreaming up the sustainable concepts of the not-too-distant future. He discusses the practice of “speculative urbanism” and some of Terreform ONE’s designs. Also: The IPCC drops another bombshell and Jared argues that dystopian movies aren’t great for inspiring environmental action.


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In this episode…

  • In his usual news update, host Jared Downing discusses the recent update from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that says things are worse than we thought, but there is still hope.
  • Next, “speculative urbanist” Mitchell Joachim discusses his Terreform ONE project and the innovations that could power the green cities of the future. They include systems, structures and technologies meant to put humans in harmony with nature, including using humanely-farmed crickets as a food supply, printing cell-cultured vegan leather, getting around cities on chairs carried by balloons, and houses made from living trees.
  • Jared discusses the usefulness of Hollywood distopias for inspiring climate action. He thinks dystopian and post-apocalypic stories tend to present environmental disasters simply and vaguely, devoid of the real-world complexity of the issues. They also tend to show problems without solutions, which could inspire hopelessness in viewers.

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Jared Downing

Jared Downing is managing editor of Climate & Capital Media. Before Climate&Capital, he spent five years in Yangon, Myanmar, producing the human rights podcast Doh Athan and producing features, columns, and cartoons for Frontier Myanmar, that country's leading English language magazine. Prior to that, he was a freelance writer in Birmingham Alabama, focusing on city culture and social justice.