“Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity”. This statement was at the start of the exhibition, which was presented across seven rooms, designed to help visitors understand the causes and consequences of climate change and reflect on humanity’s dependence on fossil fuels, and to explain what the impacts of climate change are, such as floods, droughts, fires, and millions of people migrating.
The Museum of Memory and Tolerance in Mexico City sponsored the temporary exhibition “Tick Tock, Climate Change is Now”, which will be open to the public until 30 September, 2020.
“Scientific studies show that we have 10 years to avoid irreversible consequences, by taking unprecedented action with the participation of all sectors of society to prevent the average global temperature from exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, jeopardising the existence of life on planet Earth as we know it,” said the UN special envoy on global warming, Luis Alfonso de Alba, in his speech.
“Tick Tock” is no longer the rhythmic sound of a clock but a call to action. Climate change is a crisis and there is no time to lose. If we do not take urgent action to address this problem, our very survival as a species on planet Earth is in jeopardy.
The exhibition consists of 400 meters of public awareness-raising, to break down indifference, to awaken people to the fact that climate change is a consequence of human activities, for them to question how it could happen that the average global temperature of the planet increased one degree in just over a century and will continue to do so if we do not reduce greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels, deforestation and land use change.
The images displayed in the exhibition include the initiative that the Global Programme on Climate Change and Environment of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has been developing in the Andean region: the Energy Efficiency Programme in Latin American Brickworks to Mitigate Climate Change (EELA).
EELA invested in energy efficiency projects in artisanal brick kilns, to produce benefits both locally and globally; contributing directly to improving the quality of life of brick makers and their families, reducing air pollution and the emissions of air pollutants responsible for global warming.
The solutions to counteract climate change already exist, and many of them are being implemented in various parts of the region. They include public policies, economic programs which analyse impact on the environment, promoting clean energies, and raising public awareness to prevent global temperatures from rising further.
The exhibition was made possible thanks to the collaboration of the UNAM’s Climate Change Research Program, the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC) and World Resources Institute (WRI) Mexico, Conservation International, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Mexico, National Geographic, and the support and trust of Enel Green Power, Alfredo Harp Helú Foundation, Spring Air, Legorreta+Hernández Foundation, Herdez, German Cooperation for Sustainable Development in Mexico (GIZ), Discovery Networks, Izzi, Sky, Liomont Laboratories, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Allianz, Exitus Capital, Citibanamex, GIN Group, PPG, Orbia, Televisa Foundation, The Netherlands Embassy and the Ford Foundation, socially responsible institutions and companies who joined this project and by providing information raise awareness about the climate crisis among the Museum visitors.
Learn more about the exhibition in the following images and video:
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