Events and exhibitions inspiring action on climate change

Scientists, designers, engineers and artists across South Kensington are addressing key challenges facing our world.  As the UK prepares to host COP26, the venues here have a programme of thought-provoking and inspiring events and exhibitions exploring the road to a greener future. 

Discover pop-up nature hubs and installations created by architects, artists and garden designers on our South Ken Green Trail.

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Our Future Planet

From 19 May 2021 - 2022
Wed-Sun 10am-6pm (last admission 5:15pm)
Science Museum
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Can carbon capture help us fight climate change? The Science Museum's latest exhibition explores the cutting-edge technologies being developed to trap carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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Our Broken Planet

Until 18 April 2022
Mon-Sun 10am-5:50pm (last entry 5pm)
Natural History Museum
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This free, evolving display explores how humans have transformed the natural world. Through over 40 objects chosen by Museum scientists, they reveal the consequences of our actions and examine some of the solutions that could help mend our broken planet. The display opens in three stages. From 21 May The Food We Eat, 23 July The Products we Use and from 20 September The Energy we Consume.

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Climate Change Action Through Dance: Aziza Jaffer

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Ismaili Centre
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Aziza Jaffer is a Bollywood choreographer and dance instructor in Bujumbura, Burund, who teaches dance, and through dance hopes to create awareness of the consequences our actions have on the environment.

Image credit: Sue Lindenberg

Help Nature Thrive

The Royal Parks
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The Royal Parks is launching a campaign urging visitors to ‘Help Nature Thrive’ in some of the capital’s largest and busiest green spaces. Hyde Park attracts almost 13 million visits a year. Its popularity results in high volumes of wildlife feeding, which is upsetting the park’s delicate ecosystem.

Helping the Royal Parks Wildlife

The Royal Parks
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Nature is essential for human existence, whilst habitats and species are integral to the landscapes, history and sense of place of the Royal Parks. However, accelerating Climate Change and biodiversity loss is currently harming both human well-being, and the landscapes of the parks. Find out how you can help.

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Power Pack: Climate Emergency

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Serpentine
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Created by Serpentine Artists-in-Residence Jacob V Joyce and Rudy Loewe, the pack features illustrations of BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Colour) environmental campaigners from around the world alongside a series of creative prompts.

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Forest dreaming with Aalto

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Serpentine
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Explore the relationship between the wood designs of architect, Alvar Aalto, and the forests of his native Finland, as part of Serpentine’s ongoing design research with Formafantasma.

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Learn about Nature

Onsite & Online
The Royal Parks
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With the climate crisis more urgent than ever, The Royal Parks’ Learning team and partners are playing a vital role in raising awareness and encouraging individuals to do all they can to be a hero for nature.

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Gardening for biodiversity

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The Royal Parks
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It’s often assumed that if you plan your garden with biodiversity in mind, you’ll have to sacrifice on style. This absolutely doesn’t need to be the case. Mission: Invertebrate’s aim is to enrich wildlife in the Royal Parks - some of the busiest green spaces in London.

Photography

Amazônia

13 October 2021 – March 2022
Wed - Sun 10am-6pm
Science Museum
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Internationally renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado presents Amazônia, a series of breath-taking photographs that celebrate the indigenous peoples and varied landscapes of the Brazilian rainforest.

Waste Age: What can design do?

Sat 23 October 2021
9.30am-6pm (Sun-Thur) 9.30am-9pm (Fri-Sat)
Design Museum Kensington
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We all know waste is a big problem. So how are we going to fix it? New design ideas are redefining the things we use every day. From fashion to food, electronics to construction, even packaging itself – transforming our trash into treasure could provide our path out of the Waste Age.

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The Earth Here and Now

Until Wed 8 Dec 2021
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Institut français
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On the occasion of the COP 26 held in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021, the Institut français is launching a series of rendezvous on climate change with French and British thinkers.

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Our Future Planet

From 19 May 2021 - 2022
Wed-Sun 10am-6pm (last admission 5:15pm)
Science Museum
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Can carbon capture help us fight climate change? The Science Museum's latest exhibition explores the cutting-edge technologies being developed to trap carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

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Climate Talks

Throughout 2021
Science Museum
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Join the Science Museum throughout 2021 for Climate Talks, a series of streamed panel discussions, Q&As and events exploring the problems caused by climate change. The first of the series begins with Climate Change: Why should we care?

Waste Age Family Day

23rd & 27th Oct
10am - 6pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join two days of creating, making and learning at the Design Museum for families and young children to inspire a waste free future. Suitable for families with younger children.

Design with the Living 2021

4th - 5th Nov
1 - 5.30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join the Design Museum's annual symposium to explore how a living systems thinking approach to design can nurture a radical mindset where multi-species creative collaborations can contribute to planetary health.

Designing for your Future Self: No Time to Waste

9th Nov
6.30-8.30pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Explore the ideas, trends and passions that are shaping our future lives. These thought-provoking sessions will explore the power of innovative design to help everyone age with agency and joy, through expert insights, cutting-edge research, panel debates and interactive discussions.

Rebuilding Architecture

30th Nov
6.30 - 8pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Join a conversation on new methods for rethinking the future of architecture with designers working across a range of sustainable practices.