- This exhibit is suitable for all ages.
- Lower Level, Lower Court East
- Included with General Admission
Discover the science of climate disruption and what it may mean for all of us.
In this timely and compelling exhibition, learn about the changes that climate disruption is creating in the Earth’s oceans, landmasses, atmosphere and global ecosystems. Climate Matters explores how those changes impact us at every level—individually, in our cities, nations and the entire world. With arresting images, clear and accessible scientific data, and engaging interactive experiences, Climate Matters offers two complementary perspectives on climate disruption.
One gallery takes a global view, focusing on the information scientists are using to understand the impacts climate disruption is already having on the planet. The gallery discusses the key player in the climate story—carbon dioxide—and why increases in this greenhouse gas have such an enormous impact on every aspect of our world. You'll see how the major countries of the world are contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, and compare several personal and societal options for reducing carbon emissions and their corresponding effects on total CO(2) reduction.
Another gallery brings the topic home with a special focus on Chicago. From green roofs to promoting alternative transportation to implementing the Chicago Climate Action Plan, the city is at the forefront of developing strategies to address the challenge of climate change. Large-scale dramatic images, colorful graphics and displays show what Chicago is doing across many sectors of our economy to address the challenge, and what it has already been able to accomplish. In this gallery, you’ll also discover ways in which you can make a difference in your own home: ideas and information for not only helping the climate, but also saving money while doing so.
This exhibit is included with general Museum admission.
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