26 June 2017
If we don’t have everything together in 2017, I very much doubt we’ll get it together by 2050. However, I’d like to think we’d be slightly closer to a prejudice free world – perhaps a little ambitious of me. That’s not to say that we haven’t come far in the last 100 years, but there is still a lot to learn.

There are a few things though that I would like to think will have changed in the world, namely I hope that the Church of England has finally realised that women are more than capable of doing the same as men and we have a female archbishop. I think the Church is moving in that direction and by 2050 changes like that will have happened – along with same sex marriages being allowed in Churches.

Presuming Trump hasn’t caused a nuclear apocalypse and wiped out humanity, I also think globalization will continue. By 2050, the UK will have left the EU and re-joined again following instability without the safety of the EU. For Britain, currently I would say there is no credible opposition to the Conservative party in politics, but I think by 2050 we will have seen the rise of the Labour party once again, but potentially also a third major party of opposition, creating a new era of politics.

We can see an aging population already today, but, by 2050, I think the situation will be even more extreme, with people living even longer than now and pressures on welfare and care services evident. Someone will have realised that we’ll run out of space to house all these people and perhaps they’ll have introduced measures to aid this.

By 2050, I will be 52 and it’s difficult to picture my position in this future. As a career, I would like to be a teacher of special needs children and I see the way that the education system is going it will be heavily results driven in 2050 even more so than it is now. In 33 years, I think the education system will revert back to teaching children necessary life skills needed for everyday – that said, it will not be the same kind of skills as once would have been taught, with a much larger stress on technological skills.

To be completely honest – who knows what the world will be like in 2050; we can guess and hope for what we want, but really anything could happen in 33 years, so why make predictions – surely it is best to take every day as it comes?

Lauren Osmond, studying BA Linguistics and English Language