What to Expect in 2023

Shikha S (Year 9)

2022 was a chaotic year: the world faced the aftermath of covid, a new Prime Minister and of course the Russia and Ukraine war. It is safe to say that this new year is a relief for many hoping for a fresh start.  

However, a new year brings new uncertainty. So, let’s take a moment to look at all the possibilities in the Year 2023. Will we have another wave of covid, or will the war spread across more nations? Let’s discuss… 

As many know, most of the developed world is undergoing massive economic challenges due to high levels of inflation, leaving 60% of developing countries up to their necks in debt. This could be the beginning of a global debt crisis leaving many without food, water and other necessities that we take for granted. Along with this many countries such as America, England and Russia will be facing potential threats of a recession. 

On a more positive note, 2023 marks the launch of many renewable energy projects with different countries finally accepting that the environmental cost of fossil fuel is just too much. Renewable energy is set to surge in 2023 and cause the use of fossil fuels to decline. Hydro is projected to provide 16% of the global electricity demand this year and the use of sustainable energy will become more common in transport and heat sectors. This year, renewables are well on their way to overtaking coal as the World’s largest electricity source by 2025, taking us one step closer to a fuel free life. These steps are much needed for our climate, as the globe’s surface temperature is expected to increase by 2 – 6 degrees Celsius by the end of the 21st Century. 

If our climate change efforts don’t pan out, there is the predicted possibility of humans becoming space dwellers. SpaceX’s Starship, the largest rocket ever made, is set to make its debut with plans to make its first orbital fight in the next twelve months. The European space agency’s “Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer” is also set to launch in April and enter Jupiter’s solar system in 2031, where it will search for signs of habitability. 

There are more signs then ever of Australia becoming a republic following the appointment of a new monarch. Currently 73% of Australian’s are open to change withing the political system, raising questions of whether 2023 will be the year this happens. King Charles might want to step up his game if he wants to keep Aussies around.  

There is no doubt that 2023 is going to be another busy year, especially when it comes to the news. For me, the biggest concern is “will we escape the ruins of 2022 or be stuck with the broken pieces for another year?”