Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
26 October - 13 November
On the challenge side, an exhibit of giant black beanbags (the Nine Planets Wanted! Installation), commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and originally designed for an international audience of decision and policy-makers gathering at the United Nations General Assembly in 2007, allows visitors to physically experience abstract data related to global warming and take measure of the inverse relationship between responsibility for climate change and vulnerability to its impact. Each of the bags represents a comparison of global carbon emissions among a select group of countries, from the United States to Burkina Faso. It draws key facts and figures from the UNDP Human Development Report 2007/2008 in an unprecedented and provocative way.
In the original installation, visitors were invited to sit on the bags and read material related to climate change. A portion of the exhibit is set up at the Palais de Nations in Geneva for two weeks.
“Here in this hall we can see the enormity of the challenge, caused by the carbon emissions, primarily from the industrialized countries,” said Molinier. “But we can also see the hope for a cleaner future in the faces of the men, women and children who are taking action to make a difference in their communities.”
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