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Earth Day 2022

The Science Museum marked Earth Day 2022 with a special screening of Antarctica 3D and the release of a new series of animated films exploring climate change.

To mark Earth Day 2022, we were joined by Dr Mark Richards, Senior Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London, and member of the Science Museum Advisory Board, who introduced a screening of Antarctica 3D in the Science Museum’s IMAX: The Ronson Theatre.

Antarctica 3D was created by BBC Earth and contains never-before-seen footage and the latest underwater filming techniques that capture the weird and wonderful creatures that thrive in abundance in the coldest and windiest place on the planet.

Dr Richards introduced the film to an avid audience by giving an insight into his work at Imperial College London in understanding the make-up of our atmosphere and the importance of us protecting it or as Dr Richards put it ‘our warm blanket that keeps us safe.’

Dr Richards also explored how as a member of the Science Museum Advisory Board he is ‘interested in inspiring the next generation, to solve problems and understand the world around us.’

A fitting introduction to an epic documentary that transports you to the farthest reaches of this majestic land and reveals how what happens there affects every single one of us.

What is climate change?

We also marked Earth Day by publishing the first in a series of six animated films which explore the science of climate change.

Our first film, What is Climate Change and What Causes it?, reveals more about climate change, its causes and impact on our planet.

Our Future Planet

Until September 2022 visitors can also see the first significant UK exhibition to be presented on the subject of carbon capture and storage, Our Future Planet.

Our Future Planet inspires visitors through showcasing some of the incredible technologies being developed which, in combination with large reductions in emissions, have the potential to reduce the environmental impact of the industries we rely on every day, from transport and travel, to agriculture and construction.

Visitors to the exhibition are taken on a journey exploring key areas of scientific and technological innovation, from conserving ancient woodlands to installing processes that prevent carbon dioxide leaving power stations and factories. The exhibition also explores how we can use these techniques to reduce atmospheric carbon, and how this carbon can be held in mass storage or used to create everyday products like building materials, toothpaste or even vodka.