Unless you live under a rock, you probably already saw the massive “Climate Clock” that was installed in New York’s Union Square, urging governments to act on climate change before it’s too late.
Installed on Saturday, September 19, and ahead of NYC’s Climate Week, the clock repurposes the ever-famous Metronome. Ominously, the clock said we have 7 years, 103 days, 15 hours, 12 minutes, and 06 seconds – upon its launch – to save the planet from irreversible damage due to global warming. The project’s co-founder, Andrew Boyd, said in a statement: “The clock is telling us we must reduce our emissions as much as we can as fast as we can. The technology is there. We can do this—and in the process, create a healthier, more just world for all of us. Our planet has a deadline. But we can turn it into a lifeline.”
As people across the country, and most recently in California due to the historic wild-fires, are facing and enduring the devastating effects of climate change, this project is a bold in-our-face reminder that we have to act and we have to act now in order to save our planet. It speaks truth to science, and reminds us that we are all in this together, and as scary as it is, or as bleak, we can still work towards nurturing the planet that has nurtured us.
In related NYC news, two artists honored the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by turning a subway station name into “Ruth St.”
Photo via Jeenah Moon/The New York Times