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Monday 5 December 2016

New exhibition aims to make saving the planet fun

Published 30/05/2016 | 02:30

The 'Superstorm Courtyard'
The 'Superstorm Courtyard'

Ever wondered what it's like to experience searing heat? Have you ever dreamt of being a hero and saving your own city? And are you willing to find out just what impact your lifestyle has on the planet?

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An interactive exhibition aimed at explaining climate change and showing the opportunities to help prevent dangerous warming will open its doors early next year.

The Cool Planet Experience (CPE) is aimed at challenging visitors to help solve the most pressing problem facing humanity, but in a fun way.

The story is told through a series of exhibitions which begin with a game in the 'Superstorm Courtyard' where 'good' behaviour such as cycling to school instead of using the car is rewarded, and 'bad' habits such as turning up the heat on a cold day instead of putting on a jumper are punished.

CPE founder Norman Crowley said the experience would be memorable and a "bit of a giggle", while engaging on a serious level.

His energy efficiency company Crowley Carbon is among the sponsors, which also includes the NTR Foundation, Calor and Vodafone.

"The challenge is everybody in the world feels guilty about climate, it feels almost insurmountable, so how do you challenge and educate people about a problem they feel is insurmountable," he said.

"This will be an experience people will go and see, and see how it (climate change) can be resolved."

It will be located at the Powerscourt Estate in Co Wicklow, and some 75,000 visitors a year are expected to attend. There will be no charge for children on school trips, and the CPE is working with transport companies and hopes to help meet the costs of transporting children from disadvantaged areas.

The CPE media sponsors are the Irish Independent and INM.

Visitors will be asked to calculate their carbon footprint, look at the science of climate change and make a pledge to improve their behaviour.

For further information, visit www.coolplanetexperience.org

Irish Independent

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