This one is easy.
It's 2020 and we can not quite believe what has happened. That's the nature of achieving ideals.
I've been living on the Maldives, with stints on other islands, for years now. Converting the local political economy to zero-carbon was easy, after all President Nasheed was the first national leader to commit to carbon-zero neutrality way back in 2009
. What happened beyond even his expectations, was that volunteers from around the world accelerated the process. It wasn't enough to simply achieve neutrality, since the major industrial cities would need much greater help to reverse their effects. It was a risk, but President Nasheed accepted a handful of volunteers
into his country initially in 2010 to see what idealistic results could be achieve in one year.
It's now 2020, and we've been a catalyst for global change for a few years now, along with the network of islands. They joined first because they realised that a rise in sea-level would eradicate the land they stood on -- Maldives highest point is 2.3m. The people embraced the social innovations first demonstrated in open source programming, transposing the principles into all walks of life. We are now fully open sourced, with millions of people trying to help us, help them. City folk have come to understand that they can't change the system which they are part of directly, and hence our role is vital. We not only achieved carbon neutrality, we are catalysts for the wh*** globe to achieve neutrality.
And what's special about today? Well, today the results are coming in as whether we have the right conditions
to initiate a global effort. The world's first truly global transformation. If the conditions are right, then we will attempt to do globally what we have managed to successfully do here on the Maldives and in other countries. In four year's time, the planet will be sustainable, ecologically, economically, politically.