4 July 2023

Wagga display an engrossing blueprint for protecting planet against ravages of climate change

| Jarryd Rowley
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The Wagga Wagga Civic Centre arcade will host the Future Now exhibition for the Australian Museum until 7 September. Photo: Wagga Wagga City Council.

A new interactive exhibition from Sydney’s Australian Museum, detailing the future impacts of climate change, has been installed at the Wagga Wagga Civic Centre arcade.

The Future Now exhibition provides an informative and insightful experience filled with dioramas and images of ways local communities can work towards a brighter, more sustainable future.

Three standing pods represent different solutions in which rural and urban living can change: Smart Towns, Clever Homes and Caring for our Country.

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The pods contain scale models as well as an audiovisual component that provides context and information on the three solutions while also highlighting the effects of climate change and how they can be minimalised.

Wagga Wagga City Council environmental education officer Christina Reid said residents of Wagga Wagga and surrounds should visit the arcade to learn about the benefits of sustainable living through an interactive experience.

Future Now shows us what a sustainable future might look like, and what we can do as individuals and communities to help achieve it, including some of the technologies and techniques we can put in place in our home life, villages, towns and cities,” Ms Reid said.

“The exhibition ties in with the work council is doing in the strategic planning, urban development, environmental sustainability and net-zero emissions space.

“It also connects beautifully with the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery’s GREEN 2023: Year of Environmental Exhibitions & Programs.”

According to Dr Jenny Newell, the curator for climate change at the Australian Museum’s Climate Solutions Centre, Future Now explores several technologies and approaches, including wind and solar power, electric transport, hydrogen power, cultural burning, regenerative agriculture, supportive biodiversity and building smarter.

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“The idea behind Future Now is to engage and inform the public about ways we can all work towards a more sustainable future,” Dr Newell said.

“Great cities and urban spaces are sensitive to our environment and our cultural histories.

“We’ve designed the three mobile and interactive pods with solutions for home, urban and rural living as well as bigger initiatives for our country. We hope to engage local audiences in this significant issue – the sustainability of our planet.”

The Future Now exhibition will be on display in the Civic Centre arcade until Wednesday, 27 September.

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