Context and artifacts
You are of the essence
88 Cores was accompanied in the hallway outside the gallery by artifacts and media offering background on ice core science and the Arctic. Bold messaging on the wall situated Weil's film in the context of ice core science, climate change, and a call for action. Keep scrolling to learn more.
Ice core science in action
Ice core science exemplifies the will and talent humans can mobilize in the search for knowledge. The second Greenland Ice Sheet Project yielded a 3051 meter-long ice core, featured in the film 88 Cores. The core provides us with a uniquely clear record of climate conditions over the last 110,000 years. Scientists annotated each meter-long ice core section using custom-made notebooks, a technique used alongside high-technology tools in the field and the lab.
Learn more about ice cores on our Resources page.
Melting Arctic landscapes
As the world warms, Arctic temperatures are increasing at a rate nearly triple the global average. Beyond submerging our coastlines, a melting Arctic has the potential to dramatically alter oceanic and atmospheric currents, which regulate temperature and precipitation patterns around the globe.
The Arctic in Western cultures
Western fascination with the Far North in recent centuries drove both scientific exploration and artistic imagination. In keeping with the Arctic obsession of her time, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley uses the Arctic landscape as a mysterious and merciless backdrop in her classic tale, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. While Frankenstein’s narrator initially imagines the North Pole as a “region of beauty and delight,” the unforgiving Arctic ultimately brings both Dr. Frankenstein and his creation to their demise.
Rising temperatures and the clean energy revolution
While our use of fossil fuels has yielded enormous progress and growth, it has also brought great ecological and social destruction. If greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere continue to intensify, the consequences will be far-reaching and severe. Clean energy has the potential to power more evenly-distributed global development with significant ecological, health, and social benefits.
Why do we need a climate museum?
We asked people at street fairs, at conferences, and on social media why they believe we need a climate museum. We included their answers in a short video we projected on the back wall of the exhibition hallway.
Credit: Arash Fewzee, Sari Goodfriend, and the Climate Museum