“The future is today. Mission: Earth” is the title of a new temporary exhibition opened on Thursday at the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw. The exhibition focuses on the planet’s problems regarding climate change and overpopulation.
Twelve years after the opening of the Copernicus Science Centre, the institution is changing its permanent exhibition, which was located on the ground floor of the building. The first part of the new exhibition opened to the public in 2021, it was about artificial intelligence. The second part, which opens on Thursday, focuses on issues related to climate change and overpopulation. The creators of the exhibition present current information and methods developed by scientists that give a chance to mitigate the crisis.
The future is today – the title of this exhibition – is a paraphrase of a quote from the writer William Gibson: +The future is today, only unevenly distributed+. – said Robert Firmhofer, director of the Copernicus Science Center during the opening of the exhibition.
He announced that visitors will receive a large dose of information in the form of numbers, which “are the best proof that man must rethink his behavior as an inhabitant of the Earth.”
“The data also helps to forecast possible future scenarios,” added Firmhofer.
As Firmhofer pointed out, people’s behavior is largely influenced not by facts, but by emotions. “In this exhibition, visitors will be able to confront various emotions, both those disturbing scenarios, but also positive ones that show that we can have an impact – individually and as a community of the whole earth” – he said.
The director of the Copernicus Science Center expressed hope “that the Earth mission will be a successful mission for all of us”, while the physicist and exhibition curator Jacek Błoniarz-Łuczak – that the exhibition will make visitors reflect. “I would like the exhibition to encourage in-depth reflection on the responsibility of people over the future of the planet” – said Błoniarz-Łuczak.-
When asked by PAP what must happen for the scenario for the planet to start to look more optimistic, the curator said that the condition is to build trust in science.
“The condition for the implementation of a positive scenario for the future is our trust in science” – he said. In his opinion, man and developing technologies led to the climate crisis, but also the same man and new technological solutions have the power to mitigate this crisis.
“I am a physicist. I look at the numbers that say you have to trust science. Because if the numbers say that humanity emits 34 billion tons of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels – then I find out that almost 80 percent of emissions are generated due to production of electricity and heat – I know that in order to solve the problem, energy and heat must be produced in a different way. And the solution is brought by technology, i.e. science” – explained Jacek Błoniarz-Łuczak.
“The man is the problem and the solution to the problem” – he concluded.