'Seven years, 105 days, and 22 hours’: Famous Manhattan clock sets a deadline for Earth
- The clock was reprogrammed by artist-activists Andrew Boyd and Gan Golan
- They also made a personal countdown clock for climate activist Greta Thunberg
- There’s good news. The number isn’t zero: Gan Golan
'Seven years, 105 days, 3 hours,' reads the large, multi-numeral digital clock ‘Metronome’, which is embedded on the side of a skyscraper in the Union Square in US' Manhattan. And that represents the time that the world has left before climate devastation. ‘The Earth has a deadline, let us make it a lifetime," reads the LED display.
‘Metronome’, which previously used to show the time of the day was reprogrammed on Sunday to coincide with the beginning of Climate Week in New York City by artists Andrew Boyd and Gan Golan. The "deadline" they've set is based on calculations from the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change.
“There’s good news. That number isn’t zero. We can meet this challenge, but we don’t have any time to lose,” Gan Golan said to Reuters.
Both the artists had previously installed climate clocks in Berlin and Paris. They also made a personal countdown clock for teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
“We felt a monumental challenge like this needed. And we also wanted it to be in public, something that you couldn’t push out of sight, out of mind. We wanted something that would bring public attention to the climate on a daily basis, so it’s something that we can’t ignore,” Golan added.
The Climate Clock will run for the length of Climate Week, an international summit run by the non-profit Climate Group.