Imagine a world where Vancouver had pedestrian-only streets, amphitheatres at intersections to celebrate local artists, and a 100 per cent green economy. That's the world Guy Dauncey creates in his book, launching today, called Journey To The Future.
In the fictional story, a young man named Patrick Wu visits Vancouver in 2032 which has — true to the current municipal government's goal — become one of the greenest cities in the world.
Author and environmentalist Guy Dauncey says it's all based on real-life inventions that are already happening.
"I've got 940 end notes to this book. Every time I bring in an innovation … they're all happening today already somewhere," he said.
"So clearly the weaving of it together is a fantasy but each of the components of that vision are already happening somewhere."
Dauncey says the book is meant to show Vancouver can have a sustainable future — one that is realistic but hopeful as well.
"This is a massive work that shows in detail how Vancouver and British Columbia can move to a 100 per cent renewable energy, build a new green entrepreneurial cooperative economy, revive our neighbourhoods, bring street activity and community back [and] move all our farming toward organic."
The official book launch takes place Wednesday at the Vancouver Public Library central branch location at 7 p.m. PT.
With files from CBC Radio's The Early Edition
To listen to the full interview, click the link labelled: Novel envisions a green future for Vancouver.