Lord Nelson looks down from his statue in the city centre of London on a shanty town of climate refugees. As the equatorial belt becomes uninhabitable, people are driven north in search of food and security. People settle wherever they can and many reach London. This is the political dilemma of the day for all European countries. The numbers are overwhelming. London’s strategy is to cluster the new arrivals in the historic centre, rather than spread them through the suburbs, where most Londoners now live. This is a scenario of the global warming somewhere in the future as part of the exhibiton ‘London Futures’, a display of 14 arresting images that will be on display at the Museum of London unitl 6 March 2011. Like postcards from the future, familiar views of the capital have been digitally transformed by illustrators Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones. The display brings home the full impact of global warming, food scarcity, rising sea levels and how all Londoners (and all other citizens of the world) will need to innovate and adapt to survive www.museumoflondon.co.uk
Image © Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones.