Carbon Ruins

An Exhibition of the Fossil Age

 

What are the fossils of the fossil age?

It is 2053. The Swedish government has just opened its landmark museum FOSSIL with its first exhibition Carbon Ruins. The exhibition and its grand opening is a celebration of the fact that global net-zero emissions of carbon dioxide were reached in 2050. Sweden, in line with its 2017 targets, reached net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases already in 2045, being the first country in the world to step out of the fossil age, which globally lasted between 1849 and 2049.

‘Carbon Ruins’ aims to transport the visitor into a future where transitions to post-fossil society has already happened. By focusing on recognizable objects the exhibition bridges the gap between the daily lives of humans and the abstract impacts of climate change. The choice of the objects and the associated stories are based on climate models and expertise from the Narrating Climate Futures network. The characters and events which construct the story have been generated through participatory workshops with researchers and practitioners in food, transport, steel, energy and plastic. 

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Plastic

Energy

Transport

Steel

Agriculture

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After Sustainability Week, the exhibition will be available at Medborgarcenter Kristallen (May), Domkyrkoforum (September) and Lunds Stadsbibliotek (Oktober). Please get in touch if you are keen to host the exhibition. Which object would you put in the museum? Please fill out the form below and it might appear at the exhibition!

Thank you

AF Bostäder, Akademikern, Lunds fria studenttidning, Biologiska museet, LU, Gustav Heurlin, Västergötlands museum, Fredriksdal museer och trädgårdar, Geologiska institutionen, LU, Höganäs museum, John Thys/AFP, Lunds domkyrkoförsamling, Lunds Stadsbibliotek, Medborgarcenter Kristallen, MCC – The Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Neue Galerie, MHK, Kassel

 

Which object would you put in the museum? Please fill out the form below and it might appear at the exhibition!

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