Designed to challenge mind-sets, this exhibition explores how nature is affected by climate change and also how it’s one of our greatest allies in facing the challenges of climate change.
From mountain hares who’s winter camouflage is of no use when snow has been melted by rising temperatures, to corals, mountain plants and butterflies that have moved their habitats to follow the changing climate, the effect on some plants, animals and wild places by climate change has been significant.
However, there is hope – by preserving natural diversity and habitats, nature itself becomes a powerful ally: mangrove trees protect tropical coasts and communities from storms, and peatlands (such as those in Delamere Forest) help store huge quantities of carbon and provide homes for rare wildlife.
To save the planet we need to protect and learn from nature, but sometimes this can be hard to talk about or to know what we can do. That is what this exhibition tackles head-on.
About the exhibition
Nature and Climate Change has been developed by Henry McGhie of Curating Tomorrow. Henry is a museum consultant based in Liverpool, he has a background as an ecologist, and has worked in and with museums for nearly 30 years. He has collaborated with UN Climate Change since 2016, and has presented his work at the last COP, in Madrid. The illustrations themselves were developed by Hartland Design, based in Glossop.
Climate change in the UK and Cheshire
In the run up to COP26 (the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow), and with a recent UK State of Climate report showing that 2020 was one of the warmest, wettest and sunniest years on record, discussion about climate change is more important than ever.
This exhibition is part of a wider approach by Cheshire West and Chester Council to tackle climate change through its Climate Emergency Response Plan. The Plan sets out what the Council, partners, residents, industry, and businesses need to do, collectively, to achieve the target for the borough to be carbon neutral by 2045.
Get involved and help tackle climate change
Residents and community groups can play their part through the Cheshire West Voluntary Action Green Pledge Campaign and the upcoming Great Big Green Week in September. The Great Big Green Week is a nationwide celebration of action on climate change, taking place across the UK from the 18 – 26 September 2021. It is run by Eco Communities in partnership with Cheshire West Voluntary Action, Cheshire West and Chester Council and other organisations.