What We Want to Do
Education & Engagement
Climate Gardens is committed to expanding education & engagement with climate change.
We change inertia around climate change
Engagement is acheived through innovative garden design projects that demonstrate how climate change is happening in our gardens, outside the back door. Not just in remore Artic locations or on Pacific islands.
Everyone needs to be actively engaged on the stage - not sitting in the audience.
Climate Gardens demonstrates the importance of dealing with climate change now to ensure a sustainable low carbon future.
Our first public interactive experience was awarded a Gold Medal for Near Future Garden at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2016.
This Conceptual Garden encouraged visitors to observe climate change in their back gardens whilst thinking positively about how to improve their carbon footprint. Over 10,000 visitors walked on Climate Gardens Carbon Path which included the footprints of famous Climate Champions such as Jon Snow from Channel 4 News and Sir Time Smit of The Eden Project.
Interaction & Positivity
Following this very positive reaction from the public, Climate Gardens is developing a second garden design project to be located in global cities from 2018.
The Carbon Path consists of four interconnected geodesic domes which contain four garden worlds displaying the impact of a temperature rise of 1, 2, 3 and 4o Celsius on the natural environment. This will be located in cities since 70% of cities are already dealing with the effects of climate change, and nearly all are at risk. Over 90% of all urban areas are coastal, putting cities at risk of flooding from rising sea levels and powerful storms.
URBAN GROWTH SHOWS NO SIGN OF SLOWING
Cities have become awesome in size, and also greenhouse gas emissions. Larger cities have a ravenous appetite for energy, consuming ⅔ of the world's energy and creating over 70% of global CO2 emissions.
Collaboration & Empowerment
Climate Gardens connects with a range of organisations to empower new approaches to climate change communication.
Climate Gardens supports C40 & Women4Climate
C40 links more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities, representing 650+ million people and one quarter of the global economy.Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens.
The current chair of C40 is Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo; and three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board.
In just two years, the number of C40 member cities with women mayors has rocketed from 4 to 15. More women than ever are running for office and getting involved in politics. These women are mayors in Paris, Washington, D.C., Sydney, Tokyo, Cape Town or Madrid. Especially when it comes to climate change, they take bold action because the future of their citizens depends on it.
In March 2017, Climate Gardens took part in the first Women4Climate conference in NYC - a platform of unique powerful women that are advancing a shared agenda that spans education, innovation, and economic equality.The conference highlighted the critical role of women and women leaders in the fight against climate change and air pollution.
Inspired by C40 Chair and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, women mayors from the world’s largest and most influential cities; business leaders; prominent NGO leaders; and up-and-coming change-makers are representing the next generation of women leaders.
Global & Local
The Carbon Path delivers local experiences of global climate change in order to connect individuals to rapidly changing environmental issues that affect their everyday lives.
This interactive installation will be supported by an online global community that monitors the local effects of climate change. Localised online communities will exchange “live” experiences through images and videos about climate change as it is happening to raise awareness of this pressing global issue in our daily lives.
Supporting Renewable Energy Revolution
Climate Gardens encourages investment in renewable energies and green technology.
We support UK businesses, communities, farmers and the public sector to continue to generate in excess of £768 million worth of electricity a year using renewable energy, enough to power 3.9 million households. We are inspired by the Blue & Green Tomorrow report, which you can download here.
Predictions are that it is now too late to stop the planet heating in the future. The concept of ecological modernism which sees technology as the key to solving environmental problems is a view supported by Climate Gardens..