THE ARCTIC CIRCLE, 2100 A.D.
0°N proposes a future scenario where polar ice caps have melted and the Canadian and Russian tundras have thawed. The combined loss of polar albedo and release of Carbon Dioxide from the tundra biomass has led to exponential global temperature increase, rendering the majority of the planet inhospitable. The planet’s human population is closer to 700 million than the current 7 billion, with the vast majority living at the earth’s poles and on the Himalayan Plateau.
Inhabitation of the Arctic poses significant resource issues. While a global ban on fossil fuel consumption is dealt with via solar, tidal and wind power, the issue of food production is a central focus. The annual solar limitations on the poles and the limited biodiversity of the Plateau force the world into a complex food-sharing network. Seeds are transported via drone to the different settlements, the robotic vehicles have become as much of a human prothesis as the enclosure of the cities.
0°N was produced with the generous assistance of Christopher Stewart.