Desertification, piles of trash, water and food scarcity. According to Szeged Vision, this is what Szeged, Hungary’s third-largest city, might look like 30 years from now if we do not take action to fight climate change.
Climate change is undoubtedly one of the defining issues of our time. From shifting weather patterns and global temperature rise to rising sea levels, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Although we have enough money and knowledge to avert potential disasters, countless individual, social, economic and political factors are preventing us from making significant progress.
A group of Hungarian professors and scientists created Szeged Vision project to help people understand the complex problems of climate change and to initiate a discussion about the topic, Szeretlek Magyarország reported. Last week, they posted some shocking “concept designs” to draw attention to the consequences of climate change.
The river Tisza is almost completely dried out, people are suffering from the intense heat waves, the trash is piled up on the streets, and petroleum-based fuel, clean water and food have become luxury items.
“Szeged might look like this in 2050 if we do not take urgent action to combat climate change,” says the caption of the 360 photos.
The szegedvision.hu interactive website also offers a glimpse into a drastically different cityscape. If people decide to use their knowledge and the technology to reduce the human influence on the climate system, the Aradi Vértanúk tere (Arad Martyrs Square) in Szeged can become an important transport hub with electric busses, smart bus stops, automated tram-trains and smart city sensors.
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