The New York City Metronome digital clock in Manhattan has been reprogrammed to show the critical window within which global warming must be stopped. The display, called The Climate Clock, now indicates that the world has to stop global warming in about 7 years — otherwise, the impacts would be irreversible. The artists behind the project say that they have based their timing on calculations by the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Berlin.
The Metronome was reprogrammed on Saturday and started ticking second by second, creating a sense of urgency in addressing global warming. For the past 20 years, the Metronome clock that faces Union Square in Manhattan has been one of the city’s prominent artistic projects. Due to its influence on the city, the minds behind the project thought it would be the ideal way of sharing the critical message of global warming.
The two artists behind the project, Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd, said that the clock is a perfect technological tool to call people to action.
“Climate change is already here. This clock is not an alarm clock saying, in 7 years it will ring and we need to wake up! It’s more like a stopwatch already running that we have to keep pace with,” Golan explained. “We need to take action today, tomorrow, and the day after that. Let’s get moving. Every second counts. We need to act in time.”
Before the countdown was projected, the building displayed messages such as, “The Earth has a deadline.” At the launch of the clock, the numbers 7:103:15:40:07 were displayed, indicating that the time remaining is 7 years, 103 days, 15 hours, 40 minutes and 7 seconds.
“The clock is a way to speak science to power,” Boyd said. “The clock is telling us we must reduce our emissions as much as we can as fast as we can. The technology is there. We can do this — and in the process, create a healthier, more just world for all of us.”
The Climate Clock will be displayed on the Metronome through September 27, which is the last day of Climate Week. However, the two artists hope the same message can be displayed permanently.
Image via The Climate Clock