[ASC-media] NEW ECOLOGIC EXHIBITION CONFRONTS CLIMATE CHANGE

Van Tiel, Michael Michaelv at PHM.GOV.AU
Wed Oct 6 07:39:07 CEST 2010


NEW ECOLOGIC EXHIBITION CONFRONTS CLIMATE CHANGE

 

The Powerhouse Museum's permanent exhibition EcoLogic: creating a
sustainable future will reopen on 30 October 2010 with a new, in-depth
focus on climate change.

 

With major scientific, industrial and social developments over the last
decade, particularly in relation to global warming and climate change,
EcoLogic has been completely redeveloped to explore one of the world's
hottest topics today.

 

Sandra McEwen, Principal Curator of Biosciences and Built Environment,
Powerhouse Museum said: "Scientific ideas aren't always popular. It took
400 years for the public to accept that the Earth travels around the
Sun, so it's no surprise that there's some public resistance to the
notion of human-induced climate change. Unfortunately we don't have the
luxury of centuries to debate the causes, so it moves into the realm of
risk management.

 

"The exhibition shows the basic science of climate change and allows
visitors to decide how they will respond," she said.

 

It explores the scientific evidence that burning coal, oil and gas
(fossil fuels) is causing climate change.  Evidence suggests this
creates a 'blanket' of carbon dioxide which is warming the planet.
Scientists believe erupting volcanoes might have done a similar thing
251 million years ago, almost extinguishing life on Earth.

 

The world's climate scientists say we should prepare now for hotter
temperatures, rising sea levels and more extreme weather like floods and
droughts. Consequently, systems that supply our food, water, clothing
and shelter will be affected.  The exhibition explores options for
adapting these systems and for reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. 

 

Water is a key focus of the exhibition - it's our most precious resource
and one of the biggest issues for Australia in a warming planet.
Growing cities and more extreme weather will intensify the challenge of
managing water supplies in urban areas. Visitors can test their own
ability to manage a town's water cycle by playing the Water Worx i-Pad
game.  Droughts, population growth and burst pipes create chaos amidst
the effort to maintain dams, pumps, filtration plants, storm water and
sewage systems. Beware of the 'poo-nami' at the end! A water laboratory
allows further investigation into the tests and monitoring that goes on
in a big city's water supply. Just how do you keep the whole system
healthy?  

 

Visitors can check the ph level of different water sources, use a
magnifier to see the insects that indicate if your waterway is healthy,
and use a microscope to get up close to Giardia and Cryptosporidium.
They're the disease-causing microorganisms that nobody wants in their
water supply! 

 

Seven sections make up the new EcoLogic exhibition, which include: (1)
an enormous 3D timeline, mapping the highs and lows of carbon dioxide
concentrations over the last 400,000 years; (2) the consequences of
global warming; (3) scientific research featuring air samples and carbon
isotope studies; (4) global warming risk management; (5) redesigning our
world for ecological sustainability; (6) water management; and (7)
sustainability at home, featuring the original EcoLogic house with the
ethos of reduce, reuse and recycle.

 

"EcoLogic provides an entertaining but insightful experience for
children and adults alike. They will gain a clear understanding of some
important environmental issues and learn how scientists are monitoring
change. The exhibition presents current ideas on what each one of us can
do to help reduce our impact on the world's natural resources," said
Sandra McEwen.

 

The Powerhouse Museum first opened EcoLogic in August 2001 to explore
how lifestyles and industries can change to avoid damage to ecosystems.
This is the first major and timely update of the exhibition in almost
ten years.

 

On View:                     EcoLogic: creating a sustainable future

Date:                           From 30 October 2010

Address:                     Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street,
Ultimo, Sydney

Telephone:                (02) 9217 0111 or infoline (02) 9217 0444 

Website:                     www.powerhousemuseum.com
<http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/>  

Hours:                                    10.00am to 5.00pm (closed
Christmas Day)

Admission:                 General admission $10 adult, $5 child, $6
concession and $25 family. Powerhouse Museum members and children under
4 years admitted free. 

 

-ENDS-

 

Senior partner: Sydney Water

 

Media information, images or interviews:

Mandy Campbell, Powerhouse Museum, Tel: 02 9217 0551 or
mandyca at phm.gov.au

 


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