WHAT IS YOUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE?

Calling all creatives & storytellers!

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You are invited to consider the lifestyle options and preliminary findings of climate change mitigation workshops and experiments in:

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Cape Town, South Africa

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Kyoto, Japan

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New Delhi, India

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Nonthaburi, Thailand

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Yokohama, Japan

The Science is uncomfortably clear. The Paris Agreement proclaimed that we must “limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius…” (UNFCCC, 2015) in order to mitigate unprecedented impacts of climate change such as further biodiversity loss and the deterioration of public health. Many of us feel an urgent need to combat climate change and its impacts.

196 countries agreed to the Paris Agreement. It is understood that to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, we must change our way of living. We simply cannot continue on our current path of consumption. Reaching this goal requires social and economic transformation.

How exactly do we make living within 1.5 degrees a reality?

Fostering 1.5 degrees lifestyles with urban partnerships

According to the 1.5 Degree Lifestyles report analysis, if the remaining total budget was distributed equally among everyone, the target for reducing lifestyles carbon footprints per year will be 2.5 tons of CO2 equivalence per person by 2030, and down to 0.7 tons by 2050!

While individual choices are a part of changing the system, it is abundantly obvious that we need access to different choices in a sustainable system.

What is your vision for the future?

Would you like to share your ideas through film, animation, graphic design, photography, or another form of multimedia?

Since the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015, many nations have made strides and created strategies to reduce their Greenhouse Gas emissions—this is a positive sign– but Science shows that these efforts need to be accelerated. Emissions continue to increase. Action is needed at every level to reverse this trend. The globe is currently divided into a group that is massively over-consuming and a group that is under-consuming (with a much lower quality of life.) Those who are under-consuming are largely doing so involuntarily due to factors such as poverty and lack of access to resources. There is a strong correlation between a country’s average wealth (GDP per capita) and the average emissions per person (carbon footprint per capita.) The higher the average wealth, the higher the average emissions. While it is generally accepted that differences in income affect quality of life, the goal is to envision 1.5 degree lifestyles without compromising quality of life. Equity is core to building a better future for everyone. Learn more about the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

In 2019, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) collaborated with the Hot or Cool network of scientists and practitioners (now Hot or Cool Institute,) Aalto University, D-Mat, KR Foundation and SITRA on the technical report, ‘1.5 Degree Lifestyles: Targets and options for reducing lifestyle carbon footprints’. This report looked at the ambitious aspiration of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and its implications on lifestyles in five different national contexts. It marked the first time a study like this was ever done.

According to the 1.5 Degree Lifestyles report analysis, if the remaining total budget was distributed equally among everyone, the target for reducing lifestyles carbon footprints per year will be 2.5 tons of CO2 equivalent per person by 2030, and down to 0.7 tons by 2050! These figures were found by dividing global carbon data equally amongst the world’s population.

What does CO2 equivalence mean? Everyday activities generate gasses that can trap heat and have a negative impact on the environment—these are known as greenhouse gases. Some greenhouse gases (GHGs) warm the planet more than others (for example, methane warms the earth more than carbon dioxide.) To account for these different rates, all of the GHGs can be communicated as an amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) based upon its impact on warming the earth (AKA: how much carbon dioxide would have the same impact on the planet)—this calculation is known as CO2 equivalence or CO2e.

Lifestyle carbon footprints are GHG emissions directly emitted and indirectly induced from the final consumption of households, (excluding those induced by government consumption… such as infrastructure.) (IGES et al., 2019).

When we talk about lifestyles, the following five areas are where consumption has the highest impact on the environment:

  • Food (What kind of food are we eating? Where does our food come from? )
  • Housing (What kind of dwelling do we live in? How much space does it have? How many people do we cohabitate with? How is our space powered?)
  • Mobility (How do we commute in our daily lives? How often are we travelling? How far do we travel? What powers our mode of transport?)
  • Leisure (What do we do when we are not studying/working? What do we aspire to do? How do we explore new places? What kind of experiences do we value? What kinds of services do we use?)
  • Consumer Goods & Services (What kinds of products do we buy? How do we access them? Where do they come from? How do we use them? How are they packaged? How are they transported?)

Where do YOU see opportunities for action? Can you identify ways to create a 1.5 Degree Lifestyle — both at the systemic level (through infrastructure, accessibility, education, etc.) + on the individual level (through behaviour change)? If we were all given an equal annual maximum carbon budget per person how would we live? If we had to remove some options from society, what would we give up? How can we make our workplaces and work style fit a future where the carbon budget is radically lower than it is now?

Systemic change is transformative change that fundamentally changes the way a whole system functions. Disruptive by definition, systemic change creates a new system. For example, the Internet changed the way the ‘information system’ functions.

While individual action is a part of systems change, making voluntary changes on a personal level will not be enough. The whole system needs to change to offer sustainable options. This means our economy must be re-engineered and our mindset must be re-wired.

Many were certain that changing production patterns was impossible, but the Covid-19 global pandemic has proven that changing the status quo might be inconvenient—but it is not impossible. Though it is challenging, once systemic change is in motion, there are often unexpected benefits. For example, the current pandemic has forced many changes to the systems that govern our daily lives, some of them have been very difficult– but have you noticed any changes to your life that have actually been positive? Do you appreciate your loved ones more? Are you more grateful for access to Nature?

Sustainable living means living within the planet’s limits. It means accepting hard limits to consumption, production, energy and resource use. But what about the non-material aspects? Once basic material needs are met for every member of our society, we must consider other aspects of our quality of life: how we want to feel, what kinds of experiences we want to have, what relationships we want to nourish…Creating visions of the future is part of our action to create a better future. There is no single, ‘right’ path forward. We need a diversity of visions. Visions that include realism about the challenges ahead but also have fearless imagination about what we can build together!

Building upon the work of ‘1.5 Degree Lifestyles: Targets and options for reducing lifestyle carbon footprints’ the Envisioning Future Low-Carbon Lifestyles and Transitioning Instruments is a Demonstration Project through the United Nations’ One Planet network. Funded by the Government of Japan through its contribution to the 10YFP Trust Fund (administered by UNEP,) this project is led by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in collaboration with Hot or Cool Institute, D-Mat, ICLEI Japan, the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES) and implementation partners: Akatu Institute (Brazil); Swechha India (India); ICLEI (South Africa); and HSM, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand).

Envisioning Future Low-Carbon Lifestyles and Transitioning Instruments project works with households and citizens to:

  1. Develop co-created pathways to sustainability in countries across the world.
  2. Mainstream low-carbon lifestyle options by identifying country-specific low-carbon options and showing the impact of various options and contextualizing them within overall carbon footprints.
  3. Implement citizen workshops and household experiments to develop a participatory process whereby households develop and implement their own sustainability pathway
  4. Develop scenarios and policy recommendations drawing from experiences of households living with the low-carbon options
  5. Create a communication opportunity to further engage the general public across the world (including this contest!)

That’s right! City dwellers have actually been testing different options to change their lifestyle to live within 1.5 degrees by meeting a new carbon budget! You can find some of the preliminary findings of the community’s work right here! Citizens from each of the cities have identified options to live within 1.5 degrees and developed elements of a future vision for you to reflect upon. And now… we’d like to pass you the microphone!

Click below to view each city’s briefs and documents.

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Scenario Summary

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Option Catalogue

Food
Housing
Mobility
Leisure
Consumer Goods & Services

Please consider the various lifestyle options to mitigate climate change through the 5 areas where consumption has the highest impact on the environment and offer your personal interpretation! Tell us YOUR vision of the future for one of these 6 cities! Share your ideas for making 1.5 Degree Lifestyles a reality!

Share something from your existing portfolio or create an original piece to communicate your personal vision of the future through your interpretation of 1.5 Degree Lifestyles in one of the 6 cities!

Any form of multimedia is welcome! Video*, film, games, animations, music videos, photo essays, [info]graphics, graphic novels, comic strips, anime, illustrations, magazines, etc. (*videos must not exceed 15minutes)

Simply submit it online through this form by 30 April 2021 for a chance to be featured in a virtual exhibition and win a micro-grant of up to $2000 USD! One top global prize and up to three prizes per city will be awarded to the top Future Visions!

Global Top Prize: $2000 USD Micro-grant
Top Visions per City Micro-grants:
1st $750 USD | 2nd $300 USD | 3rd $200 USD 

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Learn more about the multimedia contest through our official Rules and Regulations.

We have the opportunity here to change the course of history and we hope you will contribute your creativity to the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle narrative– it is the most important story of our time—it is our Vision of the Future!

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1. Eligibility:

  • The ‘1.5 Degree Lifestyles: Our Visions of the Future’ multimedia contest, hereafter called the ‘Campaign’ is open only to those who are aged 18 or above.
  • Contestants may be individuals or a team of creators.
  • Content must be wholly and legally owned by those who are submitting it.
  • Entries must be a form of multimedia that is accessible virtually. This includes, but is not limited to: short films; games; animations; music videos; photo essays; [info]graphics; graphic novels; comic strips; illustrations; magazines; etc.
  • Entries may be from an existing creative portfolio or be created specifically for the contest. Winners will receive a micro-grant to make their Future Vision closer to a reality.
  • Submitted multimedia content may have been used or distributed (in whole or in part) in other capacities– as long as their ownership still lies with the submitting creator and their previous use does not exclude their use and distribution through this Campaign.
  • Films must be 15 minutes or less. Longer videos may be disqualified.
  • Entries are accepted from anywhere in the world.
  • Entries must be in one of the following languages: English, Hindi, Japanese, Portuguese or Thai.
  • All entries must be received through the official online submission form
  • All entries must be accessible through a link (no attachments)
  • All entries must agree to allow Hot or Cool Institute and the partners of this project (hereafter referred to as ‘partners’: Akatu Institute (Brazil); Swechha India (India); IGES (Japan); ICLEI (South Africa) and HSM, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)) to distribute and promote their work and have it featured in a virtual exhibit (a legal release is integrated into the online submission form.) Distribution will include appropriate credit and will not be done for any monetary profit.
  • Entries may not include any content that violates human rights (e.g. hate speech or discrimination,) or is otherwise deemed obscene or pornographic by Hot or Cool Institute or its partners.
  • Entries must respond to the contest brief, consider the data of education pack, and reflect a Future Vision for one of the following cities:
    • Cape Town, South Africa
    • Kyoto, Japan
    • New Delhi, India
    • Nonthaburi, Thailand
    • Sao Paulo, Brazil
    • Yokohama, Japan

2. Agreement to Rules:

By participating, the Contestant(s) (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of Hot or Cool Institute as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Campaign.

Contestants acknowledge that the Campaign is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

3. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on the 25th of March 2021 on and ending on the 30th of April 2021. All online entries must be received by midnight PST on the 30th of April 2021.

4. How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by submitting an entry using the online form provided at hotorcool.org/contest. The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. All costs associated with the entry process are the responsibility of the
applicant. There is no entry fee or product purchase required to enter the contest. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Hot or Cool Institute.

You may enter more than one entry. You must submit each entry separately and provide all the information requested for each entry.

If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of Hot or Cool Institute.

5. Prizes: The Winner(s) of the Campaign (the “Winner”) will receive a cash micro-grant of up to $2000 USD. Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by Hot or Cool Institute and its partners. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except at the discretion of Hot or Cool Institute. The prize is non-transferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for Hot or Cool Institute to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

6. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

7. Winner Selection and Notification: Winners will be selected by a panel of judges as selected by Hot or Cool Institute and its partners. Winners will be notified by e-mail within 30 days of the selection of the Winner. Hot or Cool Institute shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 30 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Campaign is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY WINNER (at Hot or Cool Institute’s sole discretion) WILL RESULT IN WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE CAMPAIGN, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.

8. Rights Granted by You: By entering this content (e.g., photo, video, text, etc.), You understand and agree that Hot or Cool Institute and its partners shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, display, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Campaign, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent. This license does not give Hot or Cool Institute or its partners the right to sell your content. Entries remain the property of the creator(s), Hot or Cool Institute simply has the rights to share and promote the content with appropriate accreditation to the creator(s).

By entering this content, You represent and warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship, and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, You will be disqualified at the sole discretion of Hot or Cool Institute and its partners. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, You shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Hot or Cool Institute from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which Hot or Cool Institute may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right.

9. Terms & Conditions: Hot or Cool Institute reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Campaign should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond Hot or Cool Institute control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Campaign. In such case, Hot or Cool Institute may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Hot or Cool Institute. Hot or Cool Institute reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Campaign or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. Hot or Cool Institute has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Campaign, to void votes for any reason. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Campaign may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, Hot or Cool Institute reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.

10. Limitation of Liability: By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless Hot or Cool Institute and its partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the Campaign and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.

11. Disputes: THIS Campaign IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF GERMANY WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Campaign, the participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Campaign, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in Germany having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances shall the participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Campaign). Participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

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