Alex Steffen

American writer and futurist

Alex Steffen (born 1968) is an American writer, editor, public speaker and futurist most noted for his bright green ideas.

Alex Steffen in 2008


  • Kids born today will see us navigate past the first greatest test of humanity, which is: can we actually be smart enough to live on a planet without destroying it?
    • Quoted in ABC show Earth 2100 Earth 2100 (2 June 2009)..
  • Any future which is not beautiful is unacceptable.
  • No future can be beautiful which involves an economy that violates the rights of future generations, that degrades fundamental planetary systems in any way, or that fails to offer every human being a basic share of safety, dignity and happiness.
  • We can freely acknowledge the tremendous struggle ahead of us, and yet choose to remain decidedly optimistic, and to work from a fundamental belief in the possibilities of the future. … Every time we explain how a better future might be built, we redraw the boundaries of the possible.
  • To be young and aware is to suspect that, in the end, the debate about climate action isn’t about substance, but about rich old men trying to squeeze every last dollar, euro, and yen from their investments in outdated industries. It is to agree with the environmentalist Paul Hawken that we have an economy that steals the future, sells it in the present, and calls it GDP. It is to begin to see your elders as cannibals with golf clubs.
  • Our goal should be to cool the planet in ways that reinforce and restore the resilience of its natural systems.
  • My other car is a bright green city.
    • Name of essay.
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