Our Future Planet
31st March 2021 - 4th September 2022
The first significant UK exhibition to be presented on the subject of carbon capture and storage, Our Future Planet is a free exhibition that will open on at the Science Museum in the run-up to COP26, the 26th United Nations Convention on Climate Change.
Carbon dioxide is essential to life on Earth but over the last century industrialisation has increased levels of it in the atmosphere with devastating impacts. Across the world scientists and researchers are exploring ways to actively remove and store carbon dioxide, a key area of innovation in the fight against climate change. Our Future Planet will showcase some of the incredible technologies being developed which, in combination with large reductions in emissions, have the potential to reduce the environmental impact of the industries we rely on every day, from transport and travel, to agriculture and construction.
Visitors will be taken on a journey exploring key areas of scientific and technological innovation, from conserving ancient woodlands to installing processes that prevent carbon dioxide leaving power stations and factories. The exhibition explores how we can use these techniques to reduce atmospheric carbon, and how this carbon can be held in mass storage or used to create everyday products like building materials, toothpaste or even vodka.
Exhibition highlights include:
• Klaus Lackner’s Mechanical Tree – one of only a few working mechanical trees in the world, on display in the UK for the first time.
• The Climeworks Direct Air Capture machine from Switzerland: the only direct air capture technology operating in Europe.
• Experts featured throughout the exhibition include conservationists from the Woodland Trust working to preserve ancient forests, engineers at Arizona State University who developed the earliest versions of carbon capture machines, and chemists at C-Capture, who are working to remove carbon dioxide from emissions at the largest power plant in the UK.
Sustainability is also at the core of the exhibition. The majority of objects are locally sourced and the exhibition uses setworks, showcases and AV equipment from previous exhibitions at the museum. The design brings the outdoors inside, as visitors are taken on a fly-through journey of different forests and hear from the scientists working to conserve them.
Please check the Science Museum website to book a free entry ticket to the museum and for the latest information ahead of your visit.
Image credit: Entrance of Our Future Planet © Science Museum Group