Jason Hyde

New York clock: no time to waste!

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Sooooooooo, with all that’s happening in the world right now, it’s hard to stay on top of everything. This is why we decided to tell you about a “cool” thing that appeared in Manhattan beginning of the week.

You might’ve heard of artists Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd. The thing is, they announced to the world this Monday at 1:30pm that there were 7 years, 101 days, 17 hours, 29 minutes and 22 seconds until Earth’s carbon budget is depleted, based on current emission rates. What does this mean? Well, the artists explain that “a total depletion would thrust the world into further turmoil and suffering through more flooding, more wildfires, worsening famine and extensive human displacement”.

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And you know, this isn’t the first time Golan and Boyd joined forces to make a statement like this about global warming. Can you recall Greta Thunberg’s handheld climate clock? Well, she asked them to build it for her just days before addressing the U.N. General Assembly, apparently, she wanted to show it to the U.N. secretary general, and found the artists after they had offered to work with the IPCC on a clock to accompany its scathing 2018 climate report.

Right now, the installation replaces the clock that was first assembled at Metronome, New York City’s public art wall. This masterpiece shows two numbers; the first one in red, is the “deadline.” This timer counts down how long it will take for the world to burn through its carbon budget if swift action isn’t taken. The second one, in green, is labeled a “lifeline” and tracks the percentage of available energy that is being supplied from renewable sources.

If you go to their website, you’ll find this: “Simply put, we need to get our lifeline to 100% before our deadline reaches 0,” which if you think about it makes sense.

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What’s cool about this story is that we are not the only ones worried about our planet. Not only that, but there’s people out there willing to do bold stunts to direct attention to the pressing issue, which is that we are running out of TIME!!

Don’t get us wrong… we are all about big clocks, but this one in particular just makes us shiver. 7 years might seem like a long time, but it really isn’t. What we do in the next few years will decide what world we are leaving behind. The choice is yours, are you done with wasting TIME? Or are you joining the countdown?

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