Powerscourt Estate to show off vision of a Cool Planet
30 May 2016 | 0
A new visitor attraction at the Powerscourt Estate in Co Wicklow is to play host to Ireland’s first interactive exploration of the effects of climate change.
The product of a €3 million investment, the Cool Planet Experience is the first of a potential global network to be opened around the world.
The exhibition will be open seven days a week to the general public and suitable for all ages. Visitors will get to ‘feel’ different extremes of weather from severe drought to the howling winds and raging waters and hear the stories of those affected directly through interactive experiences. They will get to envisage what the world will look like by 2050 if we were to continue burning fossil fuels and stripping the land of trees – and then take control and alter that future so as to see their own role in providing the solution.
The Cool Planet Experience is founded by Crowley Carbon through its charitable foundation which is led by entrepreneur Norman Crowley. The Cool Planet Experience also has the backing of some of Ireland’s leading companies including founding partners; Vodafone Ireland, NTR Foundation and Calor.
Vicky Brown, CEO of the Cool Planet Experience said: “Climate Change is the biggest issue of our lifetime and for future generations. The Cool Planet Experience aims to engage all audiences to enable them to physically experience climate change and illustrate how it will impact their everyday lives so as to encourage positive action now. This positive action will enable today’s generation address existing and future environmental challenges, and ultimately society’s transition to a carbon free world.
The Cool Planet Experience is scheduled to open in early 2017.