Climate Change in the Alps
Climate change is a fact, although scholars do not yet agree on the exact causes, though humanity seems to plays an crucial role in this phenomenon. Apart from climate change, it is necessary to think about air pollution, plastics, and the environment, because it is harmful to health and threatens the habitat of flora and fauna. Humanity is not the only guest on this planet. Whether a weekend of shopping by plane in New York, the umpteenth safari or city trip will contribute to a happier life is also questionable. On the other hand, it remains to be seen whether the majority of, for example, demonstrating students are committed to nature. Most of them cannot distinguish a stork from a heron, are more to be found on a ski slope than on a nature walk, ride a scooter, use often electric energy-consuming drugs and modern media. Reason for an adequate source of information.
The exhibition “Expedition 2 Grad” in the information centre of the Natural Park of Switzerland in Zernez illustrates the important aspects of global warming. The guide on this virtual tour is the Irish scientist John Tyndall (1820-1893), who was the first to discover the greenhouse effect. The Alps and especially the Matterhorn were his focus of attention. With the 3D presentation, the journey to the Glaciers in the years 1850-2070 will take place based on scientific evidence. The “2 Grad” refers to limiting warming in the year 2100 compared to the year 1850. Until the end of August, this educational and therefore useful virtual climate journey to past and present can be seen in Zernez, after which it goes to the World Nature Forum in Naters. (Further information: www.expedition2grad.ch).