One Planet—Ours: Sustainability and Individual Action on Exhibit at the US Botanic Garden
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GreenSceneUSA.com, Summer 2008

GreenSceneUSA.com, Summer 2008

Exhibit review for One Planet—Ours, a temporary exhibit at the US Botanic Garden.

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One Planet—Ours: Sustainability and Individual Action on Exhibit at the US Botanic Garden One Planet—Ours: Sustainability and Individual Action on Exhibit at the US Botanic Garden Document Transcript

  • SIGN UP NOW! advertise contact us our story testimonials press Home » City Scene City Scene Boston One Planet-Ours Section Articles Sustainability and Individual Action on Exhibit at the US Boulder Greening the Urban Parkway (or Tree Lawn) Botanic Garden Chicago Lawn Nation Cristina Santiestevan Cool Schools Los Angeles Green Expo in Manhattan More than thirty globes surround the United States New Orleans Botanic Garden, where the whole premise of their L.A.: Green Light on Abbott Kinney summer exhibit centers around the simple fact that we New York have only one planet. About the size of an over-large Green Apartments in New York Portland beach ball, each globe promotes a message of conservation and sustainability. Beans, grains and other San Diego edibles completely cover one that is dedicated to the San Francisco theme of sustainable agriculture. Another wears a green roof. My favorite is supported by stout tree trunks – a Santa Barbara clear reminder of our reliance on healthy trees and forests. Seattle These model globes – created by artists, children, Washington DC schools and environmental organizations – are the most visible part of One Planet--Ours, a mostly outdoor exhibit that focuses on positive actions we can all take to reduce our negative impact on the planet. “Mom! Mom! Here’s another one,” shrieks a little girl, barely five years old. Primary colors and tangible, tactile designs lure children and adults from one model to the next. A visit quickly becomes a treasure hunt. The outdoor setting invites play. Children run laps from globe to globe, leading their parents on haphazard tours of sustainable energy, local agriculture, endangered species conservation and much more. I spot more than one child run up and embrace our planet. Several solar and wind energy displays are scattered about. I fell for the windspire, a petite vertical windmill designed for residential power generation. Elsewhere, solar panels mounted on a rotating base help illustrate how a home’s orientation to the sun can affect the amount of energy harvested. So many important museum exhibits overwhelm their visitors with facts and figures, demanding a state of attention few of us want to bring to our leisure time. One Planet avoids this flaw. The globes are dressed in party colors. A scattering of interactive elements invites play. Even the panels - with their decidedly serious messages of personal responsibility and sustainability – are tucked among flowering plants. Crowded into a single room, removed from nature and sunlight and fresh air, One Planet would be a totally different exhibit. But, released to the gardens around the nation’s conservatory, this exhibit invites exploration. But here’s the best part - surely just an accident of geography. The Botanic Garden sits practically on the Capital’s lawn, and overlooking the globes and educational exhibits stands the United States Capital Building. A reminder to us all. This exhibit was born of scientists, educators, teachers, activists and students. Their passion and creativity is displayed in every hand-decorated globe and interpretive exhibit panel. But in order to truly succeed, this energy must be merged with the sort that runs through the halls of the Capital. One Planet is a casual exhibit. You won’t need a map, just a willingness to stroll among flowers and planets. If you can, bring a child as your guide. If not, visit anyway – the exhibit is free, and would be worth it at twice the price. The United States Botanic Garden is free and open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. One Planet--Ours runs through October 13. Visit www.usbg.gov for directions, special events and more information. « Take me to the City Scene page
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