The Galt Museum is going green for their latest exhibition, which opened Sunday, Jan. 22 from 1-4:30 p.m.
The travelling exhibition “Earth’s Climate In the Balance,” runs Jan. 22 until Earth Day, April 22.
Galt Museum Curator Wendy Aitkens noting the purpose of having this exhibit is to spark discussion about environmental issues.
“There is a difference between weather and climate change. Weather is what you see when you step outside your door. Climate change is long term over millions of years,” she said. She noted the museum plays an integral role in educating the public about issues like this through their exhibits.
“We have pretty serious environmental concerns.
This exhibit tells you how to mitigate your environmental impact,” she continued.
The exhibition comes from the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre in Ontario and explores the historical aspects of climate change. There are a variety of displays explaining the history of climate change as well as the materials and methods scientists utilize to study climate change. Aitkens was interested in the display featuring extinct species.
“We had a number of extinct species here in North America,” she continued. Another interactive display examines how humans can reduce their eco-footprint.
Activities included a test of environmental knowledge and a calculation of ones environmental footprint. A special activitiy allowed the Galt Museum to “recycle” leftovers for their Saturdays at One program — voluteers and staff were helping make terrariums (their own mini-ecosytems) out of rocks, charcoal, black dirt, a plant and a screen.