Samiha is born in an informal settlement with no running water or electricity, existing on less than $4 per day like 4 billion others across the world. She is one of four children, her mother works in a clothes factory and her father finds day-to-day labour. Her name means “a generous spirit”.
DATE: 2024
AGE: 4
Increasingly, the government is forced to spend its precious resources on flood defences for an extremely vulnerable, low-lying country.

“This is crazy. Where is the money for education? Health? Clean water?”

"The hospitals and schools are falling apart."


Societies continues the same destructive course. Inequality deepens and temperatures rise, putting social and ecological stability at risk. Wellbeing declines globally, and it takes until 2100 to eradicate extreme poverty.
DATE: 2035
AGE: 15
Samiha went to school until she was 12, but along with her siblings they had to drop out to help bring in money.

“The heat is killing us and it is not even summer yet. We can no longer survive in The Racket. We have to go.”  

“It is not fair. What about school? My friends?”  

“We have to get out.”

“School! School is the way out! Please!”

Dhaka is a hot city. Always has been. But the heatwaves and stifling humidity now make it dangerous for the millions of people who can’t afford air conditioning. Every day new climate refugees arrive in the settlement, but the flood waters threaten their homes here too.

“The Pig took everything. Everything.”

“We’re trapped. We could move north but the heat is deadly there now too. And how would we survive? The Bubble is closed to people like me.”

“A generous spirit? I have nothing left to give. Nothing left. Two children – lost to the pandemic. My husband, killed in the raid. No home. No security. Nothing.”

Over the years, millions of people had no choice but to leave their homes and move to the settlement camps. The annual flooding and the intense heat made Dhaka uninhabitable.


Giant Leap

By enacting 5 extraordinary turnarounds, temperatures are stabilised below 2°C. Inequality and social tension falls, and extreme poverty is eradicated  by 2050.
DATE: 2035
AGE: 15
Samiha’s family still has to deal with extreme weather and floods. But thanks to a Universal Basic Dividend the children are able to stay in school.

Dhaka is morphing into a sponge city to absorb water from monsoons and the rising oceans.  

The waters help keep people cool in the unbearable summer heat.

“It’s the city on stilts. The floods come. We stay dry. We have aircon – running off solar on the roof. This literally saves our lives every day. I don’t know how we’d cope without.”

“We’ve found ways to grow more food here. This is a big industry now. Bangladesh is a world leader in this technology.”

“When the Pig hit, I will not lie it was terrifying. Some places flooded bad. But it could have been worse.”

“Our grandchildren will have a good future here. The government is investing in the right things.”

“I remember growing up in The Racket. We didn't have much except our community. That’s the only thing we kept. Thankfully.”


Follow the stories of Ayotola, Carla, Samira and Shu as we see their lives unfold under both The Too Little Too Late and Giant Leap scenarios.