Exhibition opening: Climate Factor - Man

From 2 December 2016 to 8 January 2017, Hellabrunn Zoo will host the touring exhibition Climate Factor – Man at the Species Conservation Center. The exhibition by the Bavarian Environmental Agency aims to provide answers to topical questions on climate change, including the impact it is already having in Bavaria and what awaits us in the future.

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn

Copyright: Tierpark Hellabrunn

The exhibition features many interactive stations with exhibits that explain the effects of climate change in various engaging formats. The exhibition also highlights the impact of three main human activities - mobility, consumption and feeding.

"The exhibition Climate Factor - Man at Hellabrunn complements the zoo’s focus on biodiversity, a topic about which we educate our visitors in our Species Conservation Center in a variety of ways and is very important to us," says zoo director Rasem Baban. "The exhibition shows how each of us can play a part in halting climate change and thus protect the survival of endangered species."

Human activities contribute significantly to climate change. This is mainly caused by the burning of oil, coal and gas as well as drastic changes in the use of land on our planet. As a result, more and more CO2 is released into the atmosphere.

The global effects of climate change are manifold. In Bavaria it can already be seen in an increase in temperature, changes in precipitation, an increase in heavy rainfall and a decrease in snow in winter. The consequences of climate change include the acidification of the oceans, the thawing of permafrost and the melting of the polar glaciers.

Everyone consumes energy and raw materials, which are finite resources on our planet, be it for food, mobility or private consumption. This leaves a so-called "ecological footprint". Since the 1980s, the population of our planet consumes more raw materials than the earth can regenerate. Figuratively speaking, the ecological footprints of all the people in the world can no longer fit on the earth. The ecological footprint of Bavarians is more than twice as high as the recommended value per inhabitant worldwide.

The exhibition in the Species Conservation Center at Hellabrunn Zoo is now open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. The exhibition is aimed at all adults with an interest in conservation as well as pupils from sixth grade and above.