The Climate Clock will be lit over Prague on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:00 p.m. Eight meters high and thirty-five meters wide digital dials on the side of the pendulum will measure the time left to avoid irreversible climate change. Clock in Summer location Freedom Festival following the recent anniversary on November 17. According to the civic initiatives covered by the Festival of Freedom, the climate crisis represents one of the most significant threats to freedom, peace and democracy in the Czech Republic. AGAINST petition 3 steps in 3 years, I am calling on the member of parliament to solve the climate issue.
Less than seven years. This is how long, according to the latest scientific calculations and consensus, the world is away from the moment when irreversible climate changes occur, unless the global production of greenhouse gases is significantly reduced. A set of eight-meter-high and two-meter-wide luminous numbers will count down the remaining time until the planet warms by 1.5 °C. The left “dial” will show the next years and days, the right one will read the hours, minutes and seconds.
Prague is the first European city east of Berlin where climate clocks will appear. They are located, for example, in New York, Rome, Seoul or Glasgow. The installation of the Climate Clock on Letná is supported by the City Hall of the City of Prague and the City Council of Prague 7 with the patronage of councilor Hana Třeštíková. They will be in operation for two weeks, i.e. until December 12. Then the installation is removed and the area around the pendulum is returned to its original state.
The studio is behind the analogue of the Prague Climate Clock Multiverse. This was able to create a visually strong installation even at the cost of the lowest environmental impact. Climate clocks on Letná thus have a similar consumption of electricity as one home stove.
Without a stable climate, the Czech Republic will not be stable either
“The Freedom Festival commemorates the legacy of the Velvet Revolution every year. But it is necessary to take care of it continuously, not only on November 17. Therefore, following the recent 33rd anniversary, we decided to install a Climate Clock next to the pendulum. We want to remind citizens, including politicians, in a non-violent, but still very strong way, that climate change is an acute threat to the future of the Czech Republic, in which freedom, peace and democracy reign,” says a spokesperson for the Freedom Festival Marek Cieslar.
I add that I need to address the climate crisis in society, he underlines September survey by the STEM/MARK agency and the 2050 Institute. A significant majority of respondents stated that climate change is already underway. There was also a prevailing opinion that a person is behind it and that it is necessary to take fundamental steps to correct it immediately or in the next decade.
“They should take the first steps already next year,” notes Cieslar. “We therefore invite citizens to sign our petition 3 steps in 3 years. It responds to the needs of civil society and the events of recent years, and the climate crisis is one of them,” says Cieslar. He adds that the goal is to obtain at least 10,000 signatures so that the petitioners have to deal with the petition committee of the Chamber of Deputies.
On November 17, the organizers of the events covered by the Freedom Festival began to collect the support of citizens on a large scale. They set up dozens of petition sites in Prague and other cities. Their list and the full text of the petition can be found at Freedom Festival websitefrom where it can also be downloaded, printed, and where there are also instructions on how to deliver the signed petition to the organizers.