Bend the Carbon Curve is a wall–sized, touch–interactive, data visualization informing the public about carbon emissions, their role in climate change, and potential futures. It was inspired by climate scientist Ben Horton's remark during a design charette in 2018 that "the good news is that we have twelve years. The bad news is that we have twelve years." Dr. Horton was referring to the need to significantly reduce global carbon emissions by 2030 in order to limit global warming to 1.5° Celsius, a critical threshold.

Screenshot of part of exhibit screen interface, showing drawings of five people with speech bubbles above their heads

"Reduce fossil fuel use! Demand renewable energy!"

"Plant trees and protect the land."

"Buy only what you need."

"Eat less meat, more plants."

"Call for action from government and business leaders."

"Think about the next generations."

A woman and a man standing in front of a large cardboard vertical display with a touch screen inserted into a hole cut out of it. Hand-drawn drawings are on a sheet of paper affixed to the cardboard. The carbon bar chart runs across both the paper and the touch screen.

Testing one of the first interations of the exhibit on the museum floor. This version started with a story of carbon, which I hand drew.

A small group of people standing around another combined cardboard and touch screen display with an illustrated bar chart of carbon emissions on it.

Discussing a later iteration with scientist stakeholders from Earth Observatory Singapore.

A woman standing in front of the final version of the prototype cardboard and touch screen display

Testing the final prototype

Testing Final Prototype

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