Innovation workSpace designer Lewis Earl (26) and graphic designer Irene van der Meer (24) with a graph measuring carbon dioxide which is to feature as part of Christchurch's annual IceFest exhibition. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
An Otago Polytechnic team is busy putting together exhibits
after winning a contract to work on Christchurch's annual
The team has been tasked with exploring the effects of carbon
dioxide (CO2) and rising temperatures in the Antarctic for
the exhibition, which showcases the Christchurch's
relationship with the frozen continent.
Innovation workSpace designer Lewis Earl and graphic designer
Irene van der Meer have led the project, which will go on
show in September.
Mr Earl said the part of the exhibition they were working on
looked at how the continent had been affected by CO2
throughout Earth's history.
It was once forested.
They would also show the potential effects on the continent
and the rest of the planet if humans continued to produce
dangerous levels of CO2.
''I suppose [the organisers] wanted to make it quite clear
that although climate change is a natural occurrence, the
rate at which it's happening now is not.''
''It's been accelerated by our own activities.''
The multimedia exhibits they were developing included a photo
booth which encouraged visitors to pledge personal action to
reduce personal CO2 emissions.