The year 2050 in Switzerland is a special one. For our society to be happy and satisfied, generations need good relationships and exchange. Instead of living isolated all alone like back in the days most of us now live together. In every village in Switzerland generation houses can be found where over hundred people share their lives from all different ages, races, families and genders. The purpose of living together is that each generation can contribute with their best skills and knowledge to a better life for all no matter what age. Elderly people are looking after the children of parents that are working or they are cooking and gardening. Parents work and earn money for themselves however a percentage of the salary flows as a contribution into the financial household of the generation house.
In the generation houses we lay value on being all together and maintain relationships through all generations; regularly preparing and eating lunch together, helping each other out in every situation and caring for each other are all factors to achieve this.
Each one of us has a different day in the week where we work for the generation house either helping out with the gardening, cleaning or looking after the animals.
Our food is mostly self-grown or we get it from the market where we trade in our goods for other goods grown by other generation houses in the region.
All the power our house needs to cook, heat or light the room, comes from renewable energy, which means by wind power stations or water mills. All roofs are equipment with solar panels.
Developments from 2016 to 2050
In 2016 and for a couple of years on, there are many single households, single parent families and lonely elderly people. The reason is, as there is more freedom of choice, young people tend to not binding themselves to another person for the rest of their life, but they prefer to be more independent. The disadvantage of this is, that many people have difficulties in finding a partner and form a family in the way it was usual in earlier days (e.g. two parents, two children). Furthermore, the ones who founded a family tend to separate more easily so that there are many single parent households. What is more, the baby boomers come into the retirement age from 2010-2030. This generation is also more often separated or single. The result is that many people are living alone, what is not only space consuming, but also restricts the social life of these people. So during the years, the need for more social contacts and different living arrangements becomes stronger. As more elderly people feel lonely and useless and at the same time more single parents feel overstrained, there is the logical consequence that these two groups could help each other. That means, more and more elderly people take care of the children, while they and their parents support the elderly people in daily life such as with food shopping and cleaning. But as there is the mobility problem that this groups of people life in other places, the idea of a generation house, as it already exists in several places, evolves. Also younger single people are interested in a closer community, until they found their way.
With the failure of the voting for a nuclear energy exit of Switzerland in 2016, the discussion about the safety of the AKWs and alternatives became more important. This caused the exit of Switzerlands AKWs earlier than planned. In the meantime, many people took action themselves to make their housing and way of life more energy saving. This was made through little changes like the reduction of the toilet flush, waterflow of taps, wall isolations, light sensors (also on streets) and more. The use of geothermal energy, solar power, wind and water power was used more extensively, but not just in big scale but also little scale such as the use of water power of wastewater and so one.
Until 2030 all AKWs of Switzerland are closed down and a new technology comes into place to secure the energy supply; the nuclear fusion. As this technology is so powerful, only one site is needed instead of the former 5.
Another need of the people is more natural food without chemicals and with a sustainable growing. But the trust in big companies and supermarkets decreased, so the people are more and more interested in growing own food and to be more self-sufficient. The trend for shared gardens and urban gardening started already before 2016 and evolved further in a bigger scale. Every unused space will be revegetated and the former grey cities turn into more vegetated areas with more life quality.