For the past ten years this blog has successfully used gardens & plants to communicate key climate change messages.
Without doubt THE biggest challenge for communicating climate change effectively is how to engage people with this pressing local & global issue without using complicated scientific data or images of polar bears, melting ice caps and remote islands affected by flooding.
Climate Change will impact every single person who lives on this planet but is often seen as:
Not going to affect them
Someone else’s problem
Way down on their priority list
Why link Gardens to Climate Change?
Planting a garden is a commitment to the future
Gardens offer a vision for future generations to enjoy
Climate Change is happening NOW in our gardens
Everybody loves gardens.They create positive feelings and a sense of hope for the future.
They are the perfect medium to show how investing time, money and effort into managing nature now to create a ‘greener’ world will ensure a sustainable future for our children to inherit.
Gardens and plants can connect us to the rapidly changing climate as they respond to daily and local weather patterns which are a reflection of the much bigger climate picture.
Every day plants bear witness to the climate changing outside our own back doors. They can help us to see the shift in extreme weather scenarios approaching every day in our own lives rather than in a remote Arctic location or deserted island.
Plants survive these changes by harnessing the natural elements of sun, wind and water on a daily basis. It is these natural resources that will also enable the adaptation to a low carbon world using the renewable energies of solar, wind and water power.
What is The Carbon Path?
The Carbon Path is an interactive communications project that has emerged after the success of ten years using gardens to educate people about the impacts of climate change. It aims to inspire increased Action on Climate Change and speed the change to a Low Carbon Future.
The Carbon Path consists of four interconnected geodesic domes which contain four garden worlds displaying the impact of a temperature rise of 1, 2, 3 and 4o Celsius on the natural environment.
Visitors will be transported through a visual, sensory and intellectual experience whilst being invited to take small steps in their own personal carbon lives to help limit rising temperatures. The installation will be located in global cities between 2018 to 2020.
Passers-by will be drawn into this unique and visually arresting installation in their every day lives – during their lunch breaks or on their way home from work to make the connection with their own personal world.
Part of the attraction will be the experience of walking on the Pavegen kinetic path powered by human footprints which leads visitors through the four indoor gardens. Each path lights up as it is powered by human footprints to highlight the temperature increase.
The concepts for The Carbon Path are created by Deborah Scott Anderson of Climate Gardens.
The designs and drawings have been delivered by Tom Massey, a very talented UK garden designer.
Both Deborah & Tom received Gold Medals for Conceptual Gardens at the 2016 RHS Hampton Court Flower Show.
How can I get involved with The Carbon Path?
This interactive garden project is evolving and funding is currently being sourced for delivery in major global cities from 2018.
There is already strong interest from various locations and organisations wanting to support this opportunity to catapult climate change into “everyday spaces” in major global cities.
If you would like further information or wish to support The Carbon Path please contact: