Museum Shows Visitors How They Can Tackle Climate Change
A new exhibition at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History in Tel Aviv called “Global Warning: The Climate, the Crisis and Us” sets out to illustrate the climate crisis, its impact on Israel, and how people around the world can help stop its escalation.
The exhibit presents visitors with the latest scientific findings on climate change and walks them though interactive stations that highlight core issues and fundamental concepts.
One station features photos taken with high-tech equipment that highlight the levels of greenhouse gas emissions across different locations in Israel. A station on rising sea levels illustrates how water levels have changed since the Industrial Revolution in relation to visitors’ own height.
In another station, visitors can calculate the carbon footprint of their daily activities or habits using an online personal carbon footprint calculator created for the occasion.
The entire exhibition encourages visitors to become agents of change, explaining how the crisis can be mitigated and offering tips on how to make simple, everyday changes for the benefit of the environment.
“The museum sees great importance in exposing the data on the climate crisis and in making this burning issue accessible, despite its complexity, to the widest possible audiences in order to place it in the center of public discussion here in Israel,” said the museum’s director, Alon Sapan.
“The medium of a museum creates an opportunity to illustrate and simulate a complex reality and the processes that cause it, alongside forecasts for the future, all while considering the visitors’ experience and encouraging curiosity.”
Sapan said he hopes this exhibit “raises questions, but that it will also offer possibilities for changing personal habits.”
The museum is part of Tel Aviv University, which recently launched the multidisciplinary Center for Climate Change Action under the auspices of the Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. The center will collaborate with partners from industry, academia and government, in Israel and abroad, in an effort to develop technological solutions, raise public awareness, and promote environmental legislation and policy.
The exhibit was created by museum staff, scientists and experts who worked together for over a year on its content.
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Edited by Judith Isacoff and Kristen Butler