“Assumption: 2050”

In her storyboard of the future, Jo imagines a local climate where increased demands are placed on water supplies from issues such as more washing machine usage associated with increased heat and rising numbers of flying insects.

Jo Worthy-Jones: My assumption was that, in 2050, it’ll be the medium emissions that summer, evening temp or night temperatures would go up by 2 or 3 percent. So thinking about trying to link between how that affects, personally, wildlife and the water consumption. So I was thinking that sleeping was probably gonna be very difficult for us. We’re gonna need thinner bedding and we’ll probably be doing more washing and showers because we’re gonna be hotter and warmer. We’re going to be changing our bed a lot more often. And we’ll need to think about more ventilation. So that could come down to air conditioning and the impacts of water usage on that. Even if it’s just making them and shipping them over and that kind of thing. How that affects the climate, around us. And there’s likely to be more insect activity, later at night. So we’ll be getting different kind of insect activity happening, which could have a bearing on us and it could have a bearing on wildlife that relies on it. So, for example, with bats and at night time, if the types of moths changes species, then we could see a change in our bat populations. That’s just one example. And a lot of moths actually need water to develop and so, if we haven’t got as much water, we haven’t got as much ponds and things like that around, then that insect life is gonna change. There’s likely to be more people active, at night. If it’s warmer, at night, they’re gonna be out and about a lot more. And that’s gonna have an implication on our water usage. If people are out, in the middle of the night, in pubs and clubs and drinking and stuff like that, then there’s a knock on effect of all that water that’s gonna be used in those facilities and flushing toilets and all those kind of things that is less, at the moment, in the night, but actually will probably increase and how do we mitigate that, for things like that? And then, in making sure that all of our developments include elements of green infrastructure so that we are looking at cooling down those urban areas. So, at the moment, that prediction is it’s 2.3 degrees warmer but, actually, how can we be thinking, now, about our developments that are going to make sure that the things that we plant, the ponds that we put in, all those kind of things that I’ve already mentioned, can actually help to mitigate some of those things. And, just as an aside, I was thinking about this afterwards. When we’re talking about more allotments and more people growing food, making sure that those kind of things are in developments and that water catchments so things like sinking in your tubs and things are included in those developments, right from the start, rather than being something we have to do, retrospectively.

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