Skip main navigation

New offer! Get 30% off one whole year of Unlimited learning. Subscribe for just £249.99 £174.99. New subscribers only. T&Cs apply

Find out more

Territorializing the Future

Christina Fredengren illustrates how past deep time interventions have shaped the present and present deep time interventions will shape the future.

Oaks were planted in 1831 on Visingsö in Lake Vättern, Sweden. They were intended to be used for shipbuilding. However, 144 years later, when the trees were ready for harvesting, ships were built of metal not wood and the trees were no longer needed for their original purpose. In this video, Christina Fredengren, reflects on these oak trees and their story as symbolic of the extremely long time between cause and effect of our actions as well as the need for us to imagine different types of futures and to expect the unexpected.

This article is from the free online

Taking on the Climate Crisis with Social Change

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Reach your personal and professional goals

Unlock access to hundreds of expert online courses and degrees from top universities and educators to gain accredited qualifications and professional CV-building certificates.

Join over 18 million learners to launch, switch or build upon your career, all at your own pace, across a wide range of topic areas.

Start Learning now