The countdown started for this New York watch! Take action!
The climate week of New York City officially kicked off this week and among the activities stands out the famous Metronome digital clock in the Union Square neighborhood, which now shows us how much time the world has left to act on it. climate change.
The project was originally intended to be an open source platform that invites people to create their own weather clocks. However, the piece took on a new meaning because its mechanism presents us with a hypothetical reality not far from reality.
The creators of the work Climate Clock are artists Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd. The concept of the clock is quite interesting as it counts the time it will take us to consume our “carbon budget”: the amount of CO2 that can still be emitted into the atmosphere while limiting global warming to 1.5 ° C above industrial levels.
To achieve the piece Boyd and Golan partnered with scientists and activists who assisted them in the methodology behind the carbon clock. Furthermore, the idea was developed by the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change .
In this sense, the institute used data from the new IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5 ° C. The team’s date suggests that as of 2018, a carbon dioxide budget of 420 Gt CO2 gives us a 67% chance of staying below 1.5 ° C of heating.
On the other hand, as a curious fact, the Climate Clock is temporarily inspired by the 1999 public artwork titled Passage by Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel. The difference is that the original screen counted the twenty-four hours of the day and, at the same time, subtracted the remaining time of the day.
Finally, the work is located in Union Square, in Manhattan, and will be exhibited there until September 27.