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Our Future Planet, Science Museum

May 19, 2021 - September 4, 2022


Free
Our Future Planet Climeworks’ Direct Air Capture machine, © Science Museum Group (3)

Climate change is the biggest issue facing both our and future generations. Our Future Planet is an exhibition at the Science Museum that addresses the potential of carbon capture to save our planet.

Running from when the Science Museum reopens on 19 May in line with the government’s relaxation of Covid lockdown measures in London, the exhibition will run parallel with the build up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), which will be held in Glasgow in November 2021.

Exhibitors at Our Future Planet

In addition to explaining the need for carbon capture, the exhibition will demonstrate measures being used to remove CO2 – the major contributor to climate change – from the atmosphere and store it. This will include both nature-based and technological approaches, such as conserving woodlands and direct air capture.

Climeworks’ Direct Air Capture machine, © Science Museum Group (1)
Climeworks’ Direct Air Capture machine, © Science Museum Group

One of the companies exhibited at Our Future Planet is Climeworks, the world’s leading direct air capture company with 14 facilities in Europe. Direct air capture is complementary to tree planting, as it is easily scalable due to its small footprint, and its CO2 removal can be measured.

“Exhibitions such as Our Future Planet will help to spread the message about how we can tackle/reverse climate change,” says Daniel Egger, Chief Commercial Officer of Climeworks, told London Begins at 40.

“By being part of Our Future Planet, we are helping to highlight the importance of technological solutions to remove CO2, which are needed in addition to natural removal solutions and emission reduction if the world wants to get to net-zero emissions.

“That’s why we are lending one of our first CO2 collectors to the Science Museum – one of the key objects in the exhibition.”

Other exhibitions include Klaus Lackner’s mechanical tree, the first mechanical tree in the world, and BIFoR FACE, which models the impact of climate change and how living woodlands can absorb CO2.

The exhibition will also consider potential CO2 storage options including underground storage of CO2 beneath the seabed.

Finally, visitors can learn how the technology can impact upon their lives, from captured carbon being incorporated into everyday products such as toothpaste, yoga mats and even vodka, and how they can mitigate climate change.


When is Our Future Planet?

19 May 2021 to 4 September 2022

Where is Our Future Planet?

Tomorrow’s World, Level 0, Science Museum, Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD.


Further information on the Exhibition

Can be found here. Main image: Climeworks’ Direct Air Capture machine, © Science Museum Group.


Details

Start:
May 19
End:
September 4, 2022
Cost:
Free
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Website:
https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/our-future-planet

Venue

Science Museum
Exhibition Road, South Kensington
London,SW7 2DD
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