CO2 CUBE: Visualizing A Metric Tonne of Carbon

UNFCC Climate Treaty Talks – Copenhagen 2009

CO2 Cube

CO2 Cube

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our era however, the average individual is unaware of how their activities contribute to this problem. In an effort to respond to the challenge of climate change, Millennium ART in partnership with the United Nations Department of Public Information, Obscura Digital, You Tube, The Baum Foundation and the Meridian Foundation to create the CO2 CUBE Visualize a Tonne of Change exhibit for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Conference of the Parties (COP-15), held in Copenhagen in December 2009.

The CO2 CUBE represented the exact size of one metric tonne of CO2 at standard atmospheric pressure and clearly demonstrated the monumental scale of carbon dioxide being generated, helping people foster a more profound understanding of how each of us contribute to climate change.

To put it into perspective, each month the average person in an industrialized country (United States) emits two metric tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). The CO2 CUBE exhibit was designed to transform people’s perception of climate change, to inspire sustainable solutions, and to offer a unique platform for public engagement into the historic UN COP-15 summit and reached over 50,000 world leaders assembled for the Climate Treaty talks. The Cube was featured on the cover of the daily Copenhagen Conference newspaper on the opening day and was covered in over 200 news stories.

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