Shaping the future – How do we want to live?
28. May 2019 until 20. September 2020
How will everyday life look in the year 2040? Will we start off the day with a micro-algae smoothie mixed in our home bioreactor? Or shall we, perhaps, be voluntarily opting for an ecologically aware lifestyle? Will policymakers set new agendas by imposing carbon taxes and other conditions on the agricultural sector? There are many different ideas and suggestions on how to forge a sustainable future – but one thing is certain: In the face of climate change and species extinction, there is a need for innovative approaches if the world is to remain one worth living in. The exhibition provides an overview of the key issues involved while also presenting ways in which these can be tackled. An essential part of a sustainable future is a move away from fossil fuels to renewable biobased resources. Such a system – a bioeconomy – uses plants, animals and biotechnological processes to conserve resources. Taking centre stage in the exhibition are the opportunities and risks inherent in such a system.
It presents three possible futures for a world that has resolved to largely forgo fossil-based raw materials. These were developed as part of the BMBF-sponsored project BioKompass, on which young people worked alongside businesspeople, scientists and public figures. Those participating also included students from Frankfurt’s Helmholtzschule, who defined the issues they consider to be most urgent, subsequently elaborating their ideas in a multi-day workshop to develop solutions and approaches that found their way into the overall concept.
The exhibition will continue to grow and expand, visitors being invited to add ideas of their own. At the first station, focusing on the subject of “Consumption,” we find ourselves on a morning in the year 2040. So be inspired – and pitch in with us to decide how the rest of the day might proceed. We shall join you in helping to develop Midday – on the subject of “Nutrition” – and Evening, the topic here being “Energy and Mobility.” Your input is most welcome!
The exhibition is in Room 206 on the second floor, between the insects and dioramas. It can be visited in connection with a ticket to the permanent exhibition only.