After 20 years of reporting the hours, minutes, seconds and fractions, the imposing Metronome digital clock, on the facade of a skyscraper facing Union Square on Manhattan Island in New York, USA, has been reprogrammed to show a countdown that indicates when the world would collapse. The creators’ goal is to raise awareness of the need to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, which contribute to global warming.
At 3:20 pm last Saturday, the 19th, numbers referring to 7 years, 103 days, 15 hours, 40 minutes and 7 seconds appeared on the device – marking how long it would be before the time for the effects of global warming to become irreversible. The phrase “Earth has a deadline” was also shown on the display.
According to the New York Times, the artists Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd, responsible for the project, said that the calculation of the clock was based on data from the Mercator Research Institute on Common Global Goods and Climate Change in Berlin, Germany.
“This is by far the most important number in the world,” said Boyd.
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The Climate Clock, as the creators called it, will be on display until Sunday, the 27th, marking the end of Climate Week. However, Golan and Boyd aim to keep him permanently in the same place or elsewhere.
On the website created by them, there are more explanations about what the numbers represent:
“ClimateClock shows two numbers. The first, in red, is a stopwatch, counting how long it will take, at current emissions rates, to burn our” carbon budget “- the amount of carbon dioxide that can still be released into the atmosphere while limits global warming to 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial levels. This is our deadline, the time we have left to take decisive measures to keep warming below the 1.5 ° C limit “, clarify the creators . “The second number, in green, tracks the growing percentage of world energy currently supplied by renewable sources. This is our lifeline. In short, we need to have our lifeline 100% before our deadline reaches zero.”