'The Butterfly Effect' - An Interactive Exhibit on our Future in a Changed Climate

The Butterfly Effect Project in Norfolk photo

Image credit: Elio Studios
Interactive Map Engages Public on how Climate Change Effects their Future
TreeHugger spends an awful lot of time discussing technological solutions to climate change and other environmental challenges. Whether it's industrial solar cookers, the latest electric cars or solar planes, there's no doubt that technological innovation can be a huge boon to environmental sustainability. But what about social innovation? If we're going to find a way out of the mess we've created, then finding new ways to interpret and relate to our environment is going to be at least as important as inventing the latest fancy gizmos. That's where fellow TreeHugger Leonora's work comes in - she's been collaborating with climate and social scientists at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the UK on the 'Butterfly Effect' project - an interactive exhibit on the future of the Norfolk Broads. And today is the last day to check it out. The work is part of the Norfolk and Norwich Sustainable Living Festival which runs from the 22-28 May. It brings together social scienctes, natural sciences and creative design and is based on a PhD project by Paul Munday, entitled
'Visualising Future Landscapes' - studying land-use and climate change
in the Norfolk Broads, as well as social scientists Lorraine Whitmarsh and Saffron O'Neill's work studying public perceptions of climate change. This work informed an interactive exhibit, and Whitmarsh and O'Neil will in turn study public responses to the exhibit. Here's more from Leonora's Elio Studio on the Butterfly Effect Project:

The Butterfly Effect is a visually powerful, interactive exhibit which invites visitors to find their own points of view on the future of the Norfolk Broads. Our personal choices help shape our future landscapes. With this in mind we invite you to come and contribute to our ‘map of the broads’ which will change and grow daily thanks to your actions. You’ll also be able to take elements of the exhibition home to show your friends and family.

The exhibit closes today and has already had over 4000 people a day walking across the interactive map. We hear there's also been some fantastic kids workshops getting local children to think about the future of their environment, the Norfolk Broads and what their lives will be like in 2050 - and a great deal of interest from local and regional media. So hurry down to make your own mark on 'The ButterflyEffect' before it's too late.

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