Introduction to the ‘Carbon Quilt’

http://carbonquilt.org/

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity, but we cannot see the root cause of the problem. We put 80 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere every day, but greenhouse gases are invisible.

The Carbon Quilt is a universal tool to make greenhouse gases visible. It:

  • brings the abstract concept of a ‘carbon footprint’ to life
  • works on all scales – users can see the actual carbon footprint of a whole continent or a single light bulb

Can you help?

Can you help us ensure that this tool makes a significant contribution to the climate negotiations at Copenhagen, December 2009? We are looking for substantial funding to make this happen. We are also seeking NGO, government or corporate partners who can see the benefits that the Carbon Quilt can have for their campaign or initiatives.

The prototype Carbon Quilt web-tool

This is a prototype version of our web-tool that can show any amount of carbon dioxide as a square patch on the carbon quilt. The patches use opacity to show depth and can be located over any place or country.

The public-facing version we are aiming to launch in September will be even more intuitive, will enable 3D visualisations and will have much greater functionality. The web-tool has been built with an API (application programming interface) that allows it to be incorporated into other websites and campaigns.

The Carbon Quilt project is supported by an advisory panel of leading figures from the worlds of environmental science, media and communications, online interactivity, computer science and public policy.

The Carbon Quilt has been devised, researched, developed and funded to-date by CarbonSense and GovEd Communications. We are most grateful to The Tedworth Charitable Trust for funding the development of the prototype web-tool.

CarbonSense is a leading UK-based climate change mitigation and carbon reduction consultancy, with particular expertise in developing creative solutions which meet the needs of corporate decision-makers, policy-makers and public engagement campaigns.

GovEd Communications is a UK-based consultancy and project-delivery company with a long-standing track-record in large-scale science communication, digital media, education, technology and public policy projects.

The Carbon Quilt project is supported by an advisory panel of leading figures from the worlds of environmental science, media and communications, online interactivity, computer science and public policy.

http://carbonquilt.org/

~ by Cory Morningstar on September 13, 2009.

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