The Emissions Time Bomb Visits Desert Mirage High School

Desert Mirage High School hosted the Emissions Time Bomb display during the school’s Earth Day festival. Students from the High School and Middle School were able to see the display and learn how they can “save a ton”.

In 2012, EcoMotion conceived and fabricated “The Ton” to raise awareness about greenhouse gases and their enormity. Our climate action planning made clear that greenhouse gases are “out of sight, and out of mind.” Citizens and businesses lack a frame of reference for greenhouse gases and individual footprints. Then we saw a visual from the United Kingdom of a metric tonne of CO2, dwarfing a double-decker bus. This is about a month’s emissions for every Californian.

EcoMotion has inflated the Ton in Glendale (where it was covered by an ABC Channel 7 news helicopter), Irvine, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Desert Hot Springs, Anaheim, Thermal, and at the Los Angeles Convention Center where it dwarfed other exhibitors. In 2013, EcoMotion took the Time Bomb across the country visiting the University of Colorado at Boulder, Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, Millbrook School in Millbrook, New York, Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Middlesex Community College in Bedford, Massachusetts, and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Lots of photos are snapped. Many students want to touch it, or punch it, a tactile reinforcement of the awareness raising demonstration.