FutureProof

Georgie Johnson and Laura Paddison
·2 min read

FutureProof is a collaboration between HuffPost and Unearthed, Greenpeace UK’s journalism unit

An intensifying climate crisis. Four years of a Trump administration, which has set back climate action and stoked racism, and leaves in its wake a legacy of chaos and distrust. A pandemic that has killed more than 1 million people, exposing and exacerbating every vulnerability in our social fabric.

The world feels pretty broken lately. But the truth is, it’s been broken for a long time. The systems we rely on — the food we eat, the energy that lights our way, the incomes we work for, the cities we live in— are deeply flawed. They were not built for people, least of all the most vulnerable and marginalized, and they are cracking under the pressure of COVID-19 and the climate catastrophe.

The deep fractures exposed by the pandemic show us exactly where we need to rebuild ― luckily, we won’t be starting from scratch. FutureProof, a new five-part series from HuffPost and Unearthed, spans the globe, meeting people already implementing solutions and building the resilience needed for a future of cascading shocks. We explore what it looks like if you just give people the money they need to get by; a city safeguarding its residents from the dangers of a warming world; and how part of tsunami-devastated Japan plans to power its future. We meet farmers trying to compete with Big Agriculture and politicians putting people’s well-being at the heart of their nations’ economies.

This is what it would look like to build a futureproof world — a world that’s able to withstand whatever crisis comes next.

Laura Paddison and Georgie Johnson

Credits


Editors

Laura Paddison, Georgie Johnson


Reporters

Megha Bahree, Laura Paddison, Rachel Ramirez, Debbie Weingarten, Sophie Yeo


Additional Editing

Amanda Schupak, Kyla Mandel, Inori Roy


Copy Editors

Elizabeth Engdahl, Mari Hayman, Sara Bondioli


Creative Direction & Data Visuals

Ivylise Simones


Art Direction & Design

Isabella Carapella


Design Direction

Yenwei Liu


Photo Editor

Damon Dahlen


Illustrations

Rebekka Dunlap


Video Senior Producer

Isaac Himmelman


Video Supervising Producer

Amita Patel


Video Editors

Dana Cataldo, Tyler Tronson

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This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.