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This article is the latest in our series #Art4Climate, a joint initiative by the secretariat of UN Climate Change and Julie’s Bicycle on the work of artists who make the issue of climate change more accessible and understandable by featuring it in their work. It was inspired by a session at the Salzburg Global Seminar in early 2017.
A full understanding of all the world’s fragile climatic systems is important for people to appreciate the need for climate action and to lead more sustainable life styles. A groundbreaking interactive exhibition at the “Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8° Ost” (Climate House Bremerhaven 8° East) fosters such understanding. Organizers are inviting delegates and visitors of the UN Climate Change Conference in November (COP23) to drop by and take part.
The climate museum features interactive exhibits on regions as diverse as coral reefs in the South Pacific, alpine summits in Isenthal, Switzerland, to the Sahel zone in Kanak, Niger. This enables visitors to learn how climates affect the lives of people from pole to pole. The museum also features exhibits on the science of climate change.
“Climate change is one of the main challenges of our time. The Paris Climate Change Agreement and the UN Climate Change Conferences are one step towards taking on this challenge,” says Arne Dunker, CEO of Klimahaus Bremerhaven.
“Just as important as a political framework is spreading knowledge and the motivation to act among the public. This is what we do at Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8° Ost: Showing how beautiful and unique our planet is and that it is worth to be saved,” he says.
While visiting the Klimahaus exhibit room modeling Satitoa, Samoa, visitors will see a "fale" - a typical Samoan house - and a large aquarium with fish and coral from the South Pacific reef. Photo: Meyer/Klimahaus
Interactive Exhibits to Learn about Climate around the World
In order to develop the exhibits, adventurer and narrator Axel Werner traveled across different landscapes and climates along the eighth meridian east (hence the name of the exhibition). He danced with children in Cameroon, crossed the Sahara with the Tuareg and hunted with the Yupik in Alaska.
Visitors are able to experience the climate that Werner experienced in these regions right with him, hearing him shiver in the exhibit’s Antarctic polar station, learning about the alpine climate while hiking to a mountaintop and viewing all the memorabilia he brought back from his world travels.
The museum, which itself is located on the eighth meridian east, models these climates with a great love for detail, including elaborate scenes with living animals and plants.
Visitors to the "Cameroon" station can experience the country's vast and ancient rainforest by night to hear the sounds of animals in the darkness as well as drops of rain during thunder storms. Photo: Delderfield/Klimahaus
Invitations for COP23 Participants
People can explore several additional exhibitions, including ‘Perspectives’, which presents climate research of the past and the future. The museum’s newest exhibit, dubbed ‘World Future Lab,’ explains the overall concept of sustainability. Visitors can learn more about the global climate as well as about sustainable markets and cities with the help of an interactive electronic game.
In the exhibition “Journey” at Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8° Ost the visitors can experience the different climate zones with all their senses. Photo: Farcas/Klimahaus
Join the Interactive Tours in November
Klimahaus is offering two day-tours to COP23 participants, one right before the conference, on Sunday, November 5th, and one just after the conference, on Sunday, November 18th.
Included in both packages are transportation, catering, entrance tickets and a guided tour. Participants can be picked up from the train station or the airport in Bremen and brought directly to the conference venue in Bonn after their tour of the museum.
Additionally, the museum offers participants who are unable to make it to the organized tours the chance to visit the exhibition free of charge during the timeframe of COP23.
If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and visit the Klimahaus website for more information and details about the tours. As space is limited, book your tickets early!
#Art4Climate is a joint initiative by the UNFCCC and Julie’s Bicycle to spot and propose super recent and new works in this broad field, but we also want to hear from you! Please send any proposals for showcasing to email@example.com or Chiara@juliesbicycle.com.