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Spotlight on Nature and Climate Change

As London’s home of arts and science, South Kensington and its scientists, designers, engineers and artists are dedicated to addressing the key challenges facing our world. From simply reminding ourselves of the beauty of the natural world, to discovering the thought-provoking perspectives on saving it, South Kensington offers a range of inspiring events and exhibitions that are exploring the road to a greener future. Here is a list of 10 exhibitions, talks, films and instillations that will encourage you to jump on Boris bike, or delve in online, to learn how to make a positive difference to the world around us!

You may have noticed that this year, the glorious gardens of the Natural History Museum have been temporarily closed to the public, preparing to reopen in 2023. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has given the Natural History Museum the go ahead to transform its five-acre gardens into an exemplar of urban wildlife research, conservation and awareness – galvanizing a far reaching, national drive to reengage people with the natural world and urban biodiversity, which it warns is under threat like never before. 

The project will focus on engaging diverse audiences that are least likely or able to access nature, and aims to help people from across the UK form a lifelong connection with the natural world, learn about its value and inform and empower people to understand and protect it.  

Find out more about the Urban Nature Project here. 

Climate Café with Force of Nature- Natural History Museum

From 8-11 November the Natural History Museum’s scientists along with youth activists Force of Nature will be in our café answering your questions, providing insight into the climate crisis and explaining how you can take meaningful action to help the planet. Over the four days, the Climate Café will foster open discussions, present talks from youth activists and host a science corner where our scientists will talk about their work and their own feelings around the climate crisis. Led by trained youth facilitators, the Force of Nature Climate Café will be open to all, and everyone is welcome.

 What You Can Do to Help the Planet: An Illustrated Guide-Online

The future of humanity depends on the natural world. But we are facing a planetary emergency. We're losing green spaces, animals and plants to deforestation, exploitation, urbanisation and global warming. But hope isn't lost. If we act together, we can make a positive difference. Find out how to do your bit to protect nature through the Natural History Museum’s Illustrated guide.

The Lost Rhino – an Art Installation with Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg- Natural History Museum

The Lost Rhino is a free display that explores extinction, conservation and technology. Focused around four depictions of a rhino, each of them imperfect in their own way, the display examines our relationship with endangered species. At its center sits The Substitute, a video installation by artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg that brings visitors face-to-face with a digitally recreated, life-sized northern white rhino. With the subspecies nearly extinct, this piece explores the paradox of our preoccupation with creating new life forms, while neglecting existing ones.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year- Natural History Museum

Discover the natural world in all its wonder and diversity at the newly redesigned Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, where remarkable photographs illustrate the precious beauty of our planet. The redesigned exhibition space positions the photographs among short videos, quotes from jury members and photographers as well as insights from Museum scientists which invite you to explore how human actions continue to shape the natural world.

How to Create a Wildlife Friendly Garden- Natural History Museum

Seven simple ways to create a wildlife-friendly garden. The amount of wildlife on our doorsteps is astounding but is increasingly being lost to hard surfacing and paving. Wildlife needs a helping hand. and even small changes can help. Here are seven easy ways to make your garden a haven for wildlife.

Deep Sea 3D- Science Museum

Swim alongside some of the most exotic creatures on the planet, from the bizarre Rainbow Nudibranch to the Giant Pacific Octopus. Narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, Deep Sea 3D transports you below the ocean surface on a unique underwater adventure. Through the magic of IMAX 3D technology, you will swim with some of the planet’s most unique, dangerous and colorful creatures, and understand this inspiring underworld.

A Futures Podcast; Talking Culture- Goethe Institut

Talking Culture is a platform for thought-provoking discussions about the future of Europe, the UK, and the world. In this edition, artist Natalie Taylor, architecture & design collective Urban Radicals and landscape architect Adam Harris talk together about their "SouthKenGreenTrail" installations.

Magical Mystery Nature Tour- Natural History Museum

Boost your family's wellbeing with a magical mystery nature tour. Time in nature is essential for keeping us healthy and happy, even through winter's colder, darker months. Explore some of the key reasons why and venture out for some nature therapy.

How to make Seed Balls- Online

Follow the Royal Park's guide to make your own seed balls. Add a pop of wildflower colour to your outdoor space and help pollinators at the same time!

A Beautiful Planet 3D- Science Museum

Experience Earth like never before in a breath-taking portrait of the planet captured from the International Space Station on the biggest screen in Europe. See fantastic images of the Earth from the Space Station and gain a new understanding of how wonderful and unique our planet is.

There is lots to in South Kensington to help us learn how to take meaningful action to help the planet. Take a visit this winter and discover some of the thought provoking exhibits all about climate change!

The Lost Rhino – an Art Installation with Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg
The Lost Rhino – an Art Installation with Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2022 at the Natural History Museum
Antartica 3D at the Science Museum