Creating a hub for climate science, art and dialogue:a beacon for solutions.

 

MUSEUM SKETCHES BY OLAFUR ELIASSON 2015

MISSION & Approach


A center for shared immersion in the breakthroughs of the present and future. 

 

MISSION

The mission of the Climate Museum is to use the sciences, art, and design to inspire dialogue and innovation that address the challenges of climate change, moving solutions to the center of our shared public life and catalyzing broad community engagement. 

APPROACH

We are creating a museum in New York City to spark the optimism, drive, innovation, and action needed for leadership in a climate-safe, vibrant world.

The Paris Agreement creates the preconditions for meaningful progress in the United States and the world. To act on the Agreement's promise and to ensure sound policy, we must broaden public engagement with climate issues. 

Broader engagement is also required to sustain private climate initiatives. We need these initiatives at every scale. We need students leading competitions on school emissions reduction plans, communities coming together to crowdfund solar roofs, entrepreneurs scaling technological breakthroughs, and financial innovators vitalizing the clean energy sector. Our society as a whole must be engaged across its strengths, now and into the future.

A museum focused on solutions is a forum uniquely fit to build this broader climate public. The Climate Museum will inspire awe and confidence; render climate change immediate and personal through immersive, sensory exhibits; and create connection and community. The Museum will serve as a hub and a beacon, becoming a center for reasoned hope and enterprise. 

 

AUDIENCE


A compelling opportunity to create a sustainable institution with impact.

The audience for the Museum is robust. The market for museum visitation is large, and museums focused on science and technology in particular generate great and growing public interest.

The American public wants to learn more about climate change, an interest that will grow. And we see museums as trustworthy sources of information on this vital subject. Nevertheless, climate change is insufficiently represented in existing museums. The Climate Museum will fill that market gap.

 
 

team


Leaders from numerous fields have responded to the Museum initiative with enthusiasm and generosity.

The launch of The Climate Museum is guided by an extraordinary team of scientists, designers, climate communications strategists, social justice and cultural leaders, artists, policy experts, and museum executives. Our legal work, accountancy, and governmental relations are handled by an equally distinguished group.

 
 

Pathway


Continual growth of programming will build the Museum’s audience and lead the way to a beautiful permanent institution.

Initially staged through pop-up exhibits, community programming, and an interim facility, The Climate Museum will ultimately occupy a tourist-friendly site accessible to a million annual visitors. The Museum’s extensive web presence will make its resources and experiences available to millions more.

In the medium term, an ideas competition with a jury including Olafur Eliasson, James Stewart Polshek, and Peter Yeadon will engage design teams across the world in envisioning a beautiful new global town square.

 

Endorsements


 

Eddie Bautista   Serene Jones   Cecilia Lam   James Stewart Polshek  Cynthia Rosenzweig   Gus Speth

Eddie Bautista

“The Climate Museum will be a tremendous resource for Environmental Justice communities in New York City and beyond—the communities that have contributed least to climate disruption and stand to suffer most. I’m proud to have been part of this initiative from the beginning.”

Executive Director, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance; Climate Museum Advisory Board Member

Serene Jones

"Creating a climate-safe world is a moral imperative. Faith communities—and all communities—need institutions like The Climate Museum to learn and move forward together."

President, Union Theological Seminary; Climate Museum Advisory Board Member

Cecilia Lam

"A wise man once said: ‘We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors: we borrow it from our children.’  It’s up to all of us to protect our world, and the more we can do to educate society about the reality of climate change, the better.  Best wishes from all of us at the Chinese University of Hong Kong!"

Programme Director, Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change, Office of CUHK Jockey Club Initiative Gaia, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

James Stewart Polshek

"The Climate Museum presents the exciting challenge of creating responsive public design to serve an imperative cause: fostering community and responsibility on a grave global challenge."

Founder, Polshek Partnership; former Dean, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture; Founding Trustee of the Climate Museum

Cynthia Rosenzweig

"Climate scientists will continue to play our critical role, but we need the public at large to participate, too. That's the well-strategized aim of The Climate Museum—and why I'm proud to be a founding Trustee." 

Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University Earth Institute; Co-Chair, NYC Panel on Climate Change; and Founding Trustee of the Climate Museum

Gus Speth

“By serving as a center for public engagement, The Climate Museum will play an important role in the massive suite of efforts we must undertake as a society to address climate risks.”

Founder, World Resources Institute; former Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Climate Museum Advisory Board Member.

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