The Cool Planet Experience is Ireland’s first visitor attraction dedicated to climate change. It will be based in Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow and will take visitors on an interactive and experiential journey to understand what is climate change; what’s happening and why, the challenge that faces us and how can we adapt to a carbon free future. At an investment of €3 million, the experience is the first of a potential global network to be opened around the world.
With free entry for all schools, the exhibition will be open 7 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.
Rosheen McGuckian, CEO of NTR and Chair of its Foundation said: “NTR Foundation is delighted to be a founding partner of the Cool Planet Experience. This is one of the most exciting ideas we have seen in relation to educating the public on climate change and the action that’s required.”
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, which is being designed by Martello Media, is currently in production phase and is due to open in early 2017. For further details on opening, keep an eye on our website www.coolplanetexperience.org.
The Cool Planet Experience will be supported by the Environmental Protection Agency, Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland, and academic institutions UCC Marei, NUI Maynooth, TCD, UCD and CIT.