02 June 2020
Tomorrow, (Wednesday, 3 June) the Assistant Minister for the Environment, Deputy Gregory Guida, will unveil a mural which aims to raise awareness about the effects of climate change.
The Climate Stripes for Jersey is a visual representation of how the Island’s annual average air temperature has changed since temperature records began. Each of the 126 stripes represents one year from 1894 through to 2019 and is coloured and shaded depending on how much cooler or warmer the annual average air temperature was compared to the 30-year average air temperature between 1971 and 2000.
The mural is based on an idea developed by Professor Ed Hawkins, MBE, a scientist known for his data visualization graphics portraying global warming and has been created by artist Ian Rolls, on a wall by the underpass in St Helier.
Deputy Guida said: “This mural reminds us of the impact of climate change on our Island and is being unveiled just before World Environment Day. I hope that it will help Islanders to both understand the problem of climate change and think about how we can all help it to be addressed.
“During the Covid-19 pandemic many Islanders have found ways to reduce carbon emissions by walking and cycling more. We should celebrate that fact and march on towards our goal to become carbon neutral by 2030.”
Lee Henry, Managing Director of Jersey Development Company said: “We are delighted to have provided the location and logistical support for the Climate Stripes for Jersey. The stripes exhibit simplicity to Jersey’s meteorological records which date back to 1894 and clearly show the Island’s significant temperature rises over the last 126 years.”