As I’ll be conducting research throughout all of Phase 2 I want to link it all here and further develop on it in one space. My weekly developments are useful for keeping track of the progress, but I find having my research in one location makes accessibility easier for my own work.
There’s been a lot of research and reading lately in relation to Climate Change – I’m wanting to really speak to someone who can help me get accurate information and is happy to talk to me about climate change but so far no researchers or scientists have responded to my emails.
The Climate Assembly was a link sent to me during the feedback in Week 5 – it’s actually been realy useful to look at how the participants reflected on their time during the assembly and how it developed over time. There are a LOT of resources available on this website and I’ll be listening to a lot of videos and reading today.
The man risk to the UK is flooding – granted our temperatures will raise but flooding remains our number 1 priority in this fight against climate change. We’ve seen this in York – as Ed Hawkins explained for the Climate Assembly, our warmer world means the atmosphere is holding more water and therefore despite having the same amount of storms, the amount of rainfall is vastly greater. York has been hit year after year with dramatic floods and they’ve been devastating in recent years – this is only going to get worse, and part of the local aspect of this exhibition would be to demonstrate the effect of flooding in York. perhaps highlight the areas that will be flooded – how would York Museum Gardens look after year upon year of flooding? How would our landscape change and, in response to this, our infrastructure?
I’ve emailed both the Green Party and the Climate Assembly in the hope that I can get some answers on both a local and national level.
The York Green Party has quite a basic website but I’m sure I’ll be able to get a lot of local information from this. I also want to contact some of the members of the Green Party so that’s also on my to do list.
Reading the UK’s independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk is a hard pill to swallow – it cements my findings that the UK government and officials aren’t doing enough to combat climate change. In fact, since their last assessment, more areas of interest have been added to the high risk category and it seems the gap between our existing policies&changes and the new predicted risk is widening. We’re not doing enough as a country and this needs to be addressed.
As can be seen above, in the next 80 years, many more aspects of our infrastructure and ecosystems are going to be in danger; from 2050, the risk areas dramatically increase and there are more areas requiring more urgent action. This is of course the worst case scenario but I think planning for this within my project is the way to promote and encourage action.
The above graphic shows that the framing of global warming levels of 2ºC and 4ºC above preindustrial levels by 2100 can be used to project changes in aspects of weather and climate (e.g. reduced summer average rainfall) into the climate hazards (e.g. low river flows) that create risks to people and ecosystems.
This is an extremely important graphic for me to have access to – working on worst case scenarios provides a lot of vital information and here I am able to look at the projected temperature rise over the next 80 years.
The Climate Action website is also proving invaluable in terms of resources. It’s shown me that there are no Climate Action groups here in York – this is something that I could utilise when looking to create a website/app to run alongside the greenhouse exhibition. Perhaps creating a specfici York based Climate Action group could give my project additional gravitas and help track the success of the exhibition through followers or people who join the group.
The Science Museum has created a really fascinasting exhibit looking at carbon capture and innovative new technology to help carbon capture. It’s exhibits like this that celebrate new achievements and developments within helping slow climate change but is it enough? Is there enough of a shock or scare factor to make people WANT to change? It’s the first of many exhibits relating to climate change so I will follow their developments to see the other exhibtions and the outcome they are aiming to achieve. There are also some really important researchers who have contributed to this so I would be interested in trying to contact them too,
TO WATCH: Science Museum Climate Talkshttps://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/climate-talks/degrees-celsius
I’m still considering interviews with children to incude as voiceovers for the exhibition and potential film, Glasgow Science Centre has hosted a number of conversations with children and researchers so could be useful to refer back to.
I worked at the Smithsonian Museums a little while ago and still have a couple of contacts there in Washington DC. I’ve come across their climate change resources here and I think I’ll definitely have a read and watch and potentially contact someone over there for information.
During a lot of this development, I’ve realised I should consider the practicalities of a Geodome/Greenhouse and how exhibitons are processed from concept through to final outcome.
My intention is to have a look at some Geodome packages to look at practicalities and costs, BuildWithHubs is a really interesting option, a very cheap and cost effective solution and the below pictures show the ideas I have in mind…
I also want to have a chat to a couple of practitioners we’ve had the pleasure of meeting along this course.
Regular Practice are experts in interesting, experimental exhibitions and could really help me understand the whole process.
Patrick Thomas is also a fantastic designer and again has plenty of experience in this area of exhibitions and interactive displays.
I’m hoping to get my 2 page project draft sorted asap so I can send this over for feedback – I know I won’t get feedback in time for the case study, but I have some feedback already from Jai
This is also just a small addition but I found this website for creating rendered graphics of exhibition spaces
Climate Assembly UK – Climate Assembly UK (no date). Available at: https://www.climateassembly.uk/www.climateassembly.uk/ (Accessed: 15 July 2021).
Earth Day – York Green Party (no date). Available at: https://york.greenparty.org.uk/2021/04/22/earth-day/ (Accessed: 15 July 2021).
‘Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk’ (no date) Climate Change Committee. Available at: https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/independent-assessment-of-uk-climate-risk/ (Accessed: 15 July 2021).
‘It’s awakened me’: UK climate assembly participants hail a life-changing event (2020) the Guardian. Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/31/its-awakened-me-uk-climate-assembly-participants-hail-a-life-changing-event (Accessed: 15 July 2021).
Jackson, R. (no date) The Effects of Climate Change, Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet. Available at: https://climate.nasa.gov/effects (Accessed: 15 July 2021).
Land use and nature | Climate Action (no date). Available at: https://takeclimateaction.uk/resources/land-use-and-nature (Accessed: 15 July 2021).
Pentagram designs a large-scale and immersive exhibition for Uniqlo (no date). Available at: https://www.itsnicethat.com/news/pentagram-uniqlo-the-art-and-science-of-life-wear-graphic-design-190919 (Accessed: 15 July 2021).
‘The Greenhouse’ (no date) Curious about Glasgow Science Centre. Available at: http://curiousabout.glasgowsciencecentre.org/ourplanet/the-greenhouse/ (Accessed: 15 July 2021).
The Science Museum to open UK’s first major exhibition on carbon capture and storage on 19 May (no date) Science Museum. Available at: https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/about-us/press-office/science-museum-open-uks-first-major-exhibition-carbon-capture-and-storage-19 (Accessed: 15 July 2021).
UK Research and Innovation (no date). Available at: https://www.ukri.org/ (Accessed: 15 July 2021).
York, U. of (no date) York Environmental Sustainability Institute, University of York, University of York. Available at: https://www.york.ac.uk/yesi/ (Accessed: 15 July 2021).