Unit 4A – “Meeting Future Energy Needs”

Three graphic panels introduce this zone, which are highlighted by a quote that cites global warming as the primary environmental issue of our time and the need to employ all available technologies to ameliorate the problem.

A three-pronged strategy is proposed in response: increase conservation and energy efficiency; expand the use of renewable energy; and improve large-scale sources of clean power. Affecting any sort of change will require participation of individuals, industry and business, and government at all levels. Strategies for each group are outlined.

In keeping with the exhibits’ sustainable design strategies, vibrant text and graphic panels are mounted to translucent 3form® recycled resin panels embedded with gingko leaves. Grasses below the panels and a graphic with shimmering green leaves overhead reinforce a connection to the natural environment.

Media Treatment (MT5)

The urgency of the environmental imperative is reiterated in video footage of 12-year old Severn Suzuki’s powerful speech to United Nations’ delegates at the seminal 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. On behalf of the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO), a group she founded, Suzuki gave a nearly seven-minute speech pleading for change while expressing her fear of “the chemicals she was breathing, the cancer-filled fish she was catching in her native Vancouver, and the world that would be left to her children.” The video is presented on a 46” LCD monitor.

Target Audience

Best suited for intended audience:

  • School students in grades 6 through 12
  • General adult audience
  • Specialists in energy industry
  • Government dignitaries and representatives

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