Museum of Science – Climate Change & Sustainability Exhibits

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The Museum of Science has a few exhibits highlighting environmental and energy issues on view this fall.

Climate Change in Our World: Photographs by Gary Braasch displays work from the photojournalist depicting such phenomena as glacial retreat, drought and floods.  On a busy weekend with lots of families milling about it was a bit sad to see the lonely exhibit in a corner room being completely ignored.

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In Seasons of Change, how New England is being impacted by climate change is explored more interactively.  After watching video documenting the decline of maple syrup production or dangling a fragile shell in seawater acidified by carbonic acid, visitors are invited to write down what it is they will miss about New England when climate alters or changes some of our traditions.  This exhibit also was a bit lonely.

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Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture is a massive and fascinating look at the origins of food, the variety and local traditions across the world, agriculture – with an emphasis on sustainability concerns and solutions, and some “American” issues like food waste and obesity.

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Among the permanent exhibits are the hands-on Conserve@Home and Energized!  The first presents some practical advice for cutting down on waste at home and the second delves into the science of alternative energy sources.

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The museum is a short walk across the street from the Museum of Science Green line T stop.  For the price of two people to visit the museum exhibits, planetarium and see an IMAX film it turned out to be cheaper to buy an annual membership.  The museum is committed to both operating sustainably and bringing awareness to sustainability.  Besides choices of exhibits and films, the institution employs alternative power sources including wind turbines on the roof and has made many infrastructure changes to conserve energy.  Details of their achievements and goals are listed on the Green Initiative section of the website.

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