A climate capsule offering hopes and pledges for the future of the planet has been buried at the University of Aberdeen's Cruickshank Botanic Garden today (Friday, 12 November).
The ceremony took place to mark the final day of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow and was attended by University students and staff including Principal George Boyne.
Local schoolchildren from St Peter’s Primary School in Aberdeen were present for the burial of the stainless steel capsule, which was manufactured at the University’s School of Engineering.
It contains messages to the future from students, staff and schoolchildren who had been asked – ‘how would you like the planet to be in 2040?’
A message was also included from Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Rothesay, University Chancellor, who wrote: “My hope and prayer is that the inspiring efforts made by this generation of young people to fight climate change will lead to a better, more sustainable future for everyone.”
The capsule will be opened on 10 February 2040, which is the University’s 545th birthday. As well as messages, it also includes artwork from pupils from St Peter’s Primary School and Bucksburn Academy, and vials of soil, air and North Sea water.
A corresponding digital climate capsule, which will be hosted on the University’s servers, will contain messages and pledges about climate change from University students, staff and alumni, and will be opened on the same day in 2040.
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