Voicemail Playing Some title here

Your Timestream is empty.

But you can still fix that.

As you're listening to voicemails, you can make a playlist of them.

Click the plus sign on a voicemail to add it to your Timestream.

Add them in the order you want them to play.

When your playlist is complete, go to "Your Timestream." Give your Timestream a title, and tell us what it is about.

Put in your email and press "Publish." We’ll send you an email. Click the link in it to show you're not spam. Now after a quick moderator check your Timestream will go live!

Remember: The Timestream Maker is very forgetful. If you go away before you finish your Timestream, it will forget what you had started. (Also, you can only make one at a time)

Why make Timestreams?

As we listen to voicemails we notice that some of them just kinda go together. Like mixtapes, you put them in an order that tells a story your way. A story of the future(s). So we hope you will make Timestreams to share the stories you hear in the voicemails.

“What If” Questions

Something Alex said recently keeps coming back to me as I sift through the rich and complex findings in the IPCC’s Working Group II report:

“I became a Coaster because I thought it was important for the world to know about the chronofacts and what our future could be. But what use is learning about the future if we can’t use it to better our current and future lives?”

I think we can apply this same thinking to climate science. After all, these big momentous reports, coming out as part of the IPCC’s fifth assessment, are in many ways an effort to help us make sense of our possible future climates. Here’s what the IPCC says about this in a really useful FAQ (PDF here):

“Scenarios are not predictions of what will happen, but they can be useful tools for researching a wide range of “what if” questions about what the world might be like in the future. They can be used to study future emissions of greenhouse gases and climate change. They can also be used to explore the ways climate-change impacts depend on changes in society, such as economic or population growth or progress in controlling diseases.”

Just like FutureCoast voicemails—tidbits from potential futures—these highly scientific scenarios also come with many uncertainties and hanging questions. But they are still useful.