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Climate Clock


How long do we have to act on the climate emergency?

The climate clock is both a graphic display and a global movement calling for action on the climate emergency. It is designed to communicate what must be done to tackle the climate crisis and by when. The clock on display at the Design Museum was driven around the streets of Glasgow during COP26.

At the top of the screen, in red, the clock displays a countdown to a deadline: the time remaining to prevent planetary global warming rising above 1.5°C.

At the bottom of the screen, in blue-green, the clock displays various lifelines, or actions being taken to slow down the clock. One lifeline is the percentage of energy produced worldwide from renewable sources. Another is the amount of money committed to the Green Climate Fund, a global fund to support developing countries in limiting the effects of climate change. Others include the amount of land protected by Indigenous people worldwide, the percentage of women parliamentarians around the world and the amount of loss & damage money owed by G7 nations.


Visit the Design Museum to see the clock for yourself or see for more information.

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