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Sunday 21 July 2019

Learn about cricket burgers and visit melting Arctic sea ice in one cool experience

An interactive exhibit on the effects of greenhouse gases
An interactive exhibit on the effects of greenhouse gases
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Replacing beef with cricket burgers, showing how the polluting internal combustion engine turns into an electric motor and setting out how individual actions can help reduce climate change will be the focus of a new interactive centre.

The Cool Planet Experience will open in April next year and aims to use games, interactive technology and augmented reality to illustrate the problems and solutions to global warming.

Based in the Powerscourt Estate in Co Wicklow, chief executive Vicky Brown said it would cater for 75,000 visitors per year. All school groups that book tours can visit free of charge.

The experience will take one hour to complete, and will allow visitors travel to the melting Arctic sea ice, experience the effects of climate change in an immersive room, and understand how greenhouse gases are warming the planet.

"We're going to be using a lot of cool technologies, a lot of projections and a lot of augmented reality," she said.

"When you enter, you'll get a Cool Planet bracelet and calculate your carbon footprint with everyday questions around food and energy use. That data will be collected onto your bracelet, and will allow you to map your carbon footprint. You'll take part in the Race to 2050 and help solve the problems of a city in chaos. Fun, fast games will be used. While it's about climate change, this is going to be delivered in a fun and engaging way. You'll also see the world of tomorrow, where beef burgers become cricket burgers.

"We're trying to show people how really fragile the Earth is. The idea is to show that as just one person, you can have an impact. If people do things slightly differently, we can change things. It's harking back to what our grandparents did, including eating food produced locally and in season."

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Irish Independent

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