Science Odyssey Presents: The Climate Clock
It is well known that the global average temperature passing the threshold of 2° above pre-industrial averages is an irreversible point past which extreme weather and rising seas will create myriad hardships for life on earth. But, if you look online and in the media, it’s very hard to find a good reference for when this will actually happen. Presently, the 1.5 and 2°C targets float abstractly in the public mind. The Climate Clock acts as a public line in the sand which says, “This is the date.” It will act as a measuring stick by which we can evaluate our progress.
Each year the clock will be stopped. A group of leading climate scientists from around the world will evaluate the latest data, and will restart the clock with a new time. We will be able to see how we are doing in relation to 1.5 and 2°C. Have we gained or lost time?
Humanity has the power to add time to the clock, but only if we work collectively and measure our progress against defined targets. Come to Concordia to check the time.
Human Impact Lab produced the Climate Clock in collaboration with Damon Matthews, Associate Professor and Concordia University Research Chair (Climate Science and Sustainability).
Admission: public free
Age group: all ages