The Future, Now.

Before this exhibit closes for good, meet the trailblazers of the early 2000s who believed in progress before their time. This exhibit features items that arrived before their time, and foretold a climate stable future.

Rights of Nature

Ecuador was the first country to recognize Rights of Nature in its Constitution in 2008. Instead of treating nature as property under the law, Rights of Nature acknowledges that nature in all its life forms... more

New Zealand accepts first climate refugee

The predictions on the number of people who will have to move by the end of the century because of climate change range from 50 million to one billion. Displacement, migration and planned relocation will... more

People’s Climate March

In 2014, the largest climate-related march in history happened in New York. An estimated 400,000 people marched, including Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to sound the alarm on climate change.... more

Stopping drivers of deforestation

Conflict Palm Oil production is now one of the world’s leading causes of rainforest destruction. Unchecked expansion is pushing new plantations deep into the heart of some of the world’s most culturally and biologically diverse... more

Sea-Level Rise in Small Island Nations will Cost US$ Trillions

A 2014 report by the United Nations Environment Programme estimates that the impact of climate change-induced sea-level rise in the world’s 52 small island nations will be up to 4 times the global average, or... more


“The story of Baltimore doesn’t start with the wrongful death of Freddie Gray. It didn’t start with the wrongful deaths of Mike Brown or Eric Garner. The deep anger that the citizens of Baltimore are... more

Corporate campaigning

Strategic, people-powered campaigning has shifted policies of even the worst corporate offenders when it comes to deforestation. In 2014, U.S. agribusiness giant Cargill announced a zero deforestation commitment throughout its supply chain -- after seven... more

Amphibious buildings

Many low-lying countries and cities are already preparing for sea-level rise due to climate change. In the Netherlands, some floating housing developments have already been built. These houses use new technologies that allow them to... more

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting is the practice of collecting and using rainwater, a using techniques that date back to ancient civilizations. In ancient Rome, rainwater was captured in cisterns and paved courtyards. Today, techniques used to harvest... more

Fort Collins, Colorado's Zero Energy District Initiative

The city of Fort Collins, Colorado is working to turn its downtown into a net zero energy district — that is, a district that produces as much energy as it uses. They’re implementing a mix... more

Net-Zero Homes

Net-zero homes produce as much energy as they consume, and run off renewable energy sources. These houses use environmentally-friendly technologies such as passive solar, thermal heating, high quality windows, and sophisticated insulation. Net-zero homes also... more

Community Solar Gardens

Community solar gardens are typically large solar arrays from which people can purchase power which is delivered through the main electricity grid. These solar gardens increase availability of solar power without people needing to set... more

The “Clean City Law” in São Paulo, Brazil

In 2006, the city of São Paulo, Brazil passed the Clean City Law, which banned all public advertising. The intent was to clean up the image and aesthetic of the city, which at the time... more

Communal living: Arboretum Cohousing in Madison, Wisconsin

Arboretum Cohousing in Madison, Wisconsin includes a mix of multi-family buildings, single-family homes and townhouses as part of a single community. While residents own their own units, the common spaces and land are communally owned.... more

New Urbanism

New Urbanism is a school of city planning and architecture that centers on walkable neighborhoods with a diversity of housing and job opportunities. New Urbanist neighborhoods include well-defined centers, schools and businesses within walking distance... more

Participatory budgeting in Brazil

More than 120 of Brazil's largest cities participate in a program called Participatory Budgeting, which allows citizens to help make decisions about how their tax dollars are allocated locally. By giving citizens collective decision-making power... more

Participatory budgeting in Brazil

More than 120 of Brazil's largest cities participate in a program called Participatory Budgeting, which allows citizens to help make decisions about how their tax dollars are allocated locally. By giving citizens collective decision-making power... more

Universal basic income

Universal basic income is a program that has been proposed by a diverse set of advocates that would give every person an equal "basic income"—just for being alive. A universal basic income would end poverty,... more

Photo Credits: On Flickr: - Wandering the Neighbourhood by "fraleigh" (https://www.flickr.com/photos/fraleigh/1363983692/) - Remembrance by Pat Gaines (https://www.flickr.com/photos/patgaines/4203627413/) - Bison on the Plain by Michael Wallace (https://www.flickr.com/photos/wallaceperspective/4795510510/) - Grand Isle / stilts by Martin Gautron (https://www.flickr.com/photos/martingautron/5206979402/) - Salt River by Mike Beauregard (https://www.flickr.com/photos/31856336@N03/5414569749/) - buffalo gap badlands 183 by Bri Weldon (https://www.flickr.com/photos/briweldon/5893116238/) - Absaroka 1992 B01 by David Lawrence (https://www.flickr.com/photos/abysswriter/5919920281/) - Lions - Sharing a Meal by Steve Jurvetson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/5998214763/) - IMG_3081 "Plains Bison in Grand Teton National Park" by Geoff Lipscombe (https://www.flickr.com/photos/geff47/6363379055/) - Sunset Seattle @ Golden Gardens by "Lara604" (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lara604/10003414955/) - 3 Sheep on a Cliff by Jason Parrish (https://www.flickr.com/photos/arcticproductions/14796029882/) - "Kenia-Tanzania_Agosto2014_0039_16072014.jpg" by "rostras" (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rostras/14866875154/) - Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump by Dave Sutherland (https://www.flickr.com/photos/raptortheangel/14926542783/) - Bull Elk by Jay Melnick (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jaymelnick/15456375852/) - 357.365 : Starry Day by Rory MacLeod (https://www.flickr.com/photos/macrj/6775656499/) - Night impression by Olli Henze (https://www.flickr.com/photos/gruenewiese/14098060418/) - Rising & Diving by Thanasis Papathanasiou (https://www.flickr.com/photos/frigus/14788057285/) - Mountain near Rawl, West Virginia (https://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalmemorialforthemountains/255174892/in/set-72157594303835554) - People Risk Arrest at State Department Office in Boston Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline by Kayana Szymczak (https://www.flickr.com/photos/nokxl/10138901665/) - Typhoon Haiyan (Copyright 2013 JMA/EUMETSAT; http://www.flickr.com/photos/eumetsat/10726056545/) - Pays Basque, vallee des Aldedes (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dubusregis/4551325218/) - net zero house.jpeg by Darren Greenwood (https://www.flickr.com/photos/greenenergyfutures/14445476692/in/set-72157645217035742) Greenwood Racetrack New Urbanism by Dylan Passmore (http://www.flickr.com/photos/dylanpassmore/6938646469/) Garrison Woods, Calgary AB (https://www.flickr.com/photos/canadalandscompany/4253681591/) Rainwater Harvesting in Gibraltar - 1992 by Jim Linwood (https://www.flickr.com/photos/brighton/4356861008/) Jeda Villa Bali Solar by Bart Speelman (https://www.flickr.com/photos/jedavillabali/5077410064/) Rick Bayless' Garden 24 of 365 by Mary Ellen Bleeden (https://www.flickr.com/photos/112845476@N08/15111007051/) On Shutterstock: - cargo ship loading in coal cargo terminal by Aleksey Stemmer (http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-141348610/stock-photo-cargo-ship-loading-in-coal-cargo-terminal.html?src=m0h2eHkcYn8Thqb6ryqDmg-1-0) - Dry bulk shipping by Teun van den Dries (http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-128545217/stock-photo-dry-bulk-shipping.html) - Conveyer belt processing stockpiles of bulk cargo in port (http://www.shutterstock.com/pic.mhtml?id=58131247) - Explosion at a coal mine to extract coal (http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-93740869/stock-photo-explosion-at-a-coal-mine-to-extract-coal.html?src=fdpZ1TUBKPUUCHfZtB3ciw-1-34) - Riverboat with Coal (http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-69521032/stock-photo-riverboat-with-coal.html?src=syh9BwYYnQ4i29Yq5a74pQ-3-79) By RAN: Ambre Energy: Dirty, Dangerous and Obsolete (http://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforestactionnetwork/5486456476/in/photostream/) Stand with Pat: Tell BofA to Stop Funding Coal (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforestactionnetwork/8182597795/in/set-72157631999727019) Challenge Corporate Power (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforestactionnetwork/4986355107/in/photostream/) EPA: Stop MTR, Veto Spruce Mine (https://www.flickr.com/photos/rainforestactionnetwork/4986745064/) Other: Aerial view of homes that were ravaged by fire in the community of Breezy Point, NY [Image 4 of 12] (http://www.dvidshub.net/image/784055/aerial-view-homes-were-ravaged-fire-community-breezy-point-ny#.VLALF2TF_9t) Home Cracked in Half (https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/images/68865)