Record-breaking Alps postcard sends message against climate change

The event aims to "boost a global youth climate movement ahead of the next global climate conference in Poland"
The event aims to "boost a global youth climate movement ahead of the next global climate conference in Poland"

A massive collage of 125,000 drawings and messages from children around the world about climate change was rolled out on a shrinking Swiss glacier Friday, smashing the world record for giant postcards.

The mosaic of postcards, measuring 2,500 square metres (26,910 square feet), was laid out in the snow on the Aletsch glacier in the Swiss Alps, at an altitude of 3,400 metres (11,200 feet).

The event aims to "boost a global youth climate movement ahead of the next global climate conference (COP24) in Poland", next month, said the WAVE foundation, which organised the event in cooperation with Swiss authorities.

The display easily set the Guinness world record for the number of postcards strung together in a single image, beating the last record held by a collage of 16,000 individual postcards, WAVE said.

The individual postcards feature children's drawings in different colours and hues of white, which together spell out the messages: "STOP GLOBAL WARMING", "WE ARE THE FUTURE GIVE US A CHANCE" and "#1.5C".

The last message refers to the maximum level of that scientists say should be aimed for if the planet is to remain liveable.

However, a UN report last month warned that drastic action was needed to prevent Earth from hurtling towards a far sharper rise in temperature.

The mosaic of postcards, measuring 2,500 square metres (26,910 square feet), was laid out in the snow on the Aletsch glacier in
The mosaic of postcards, measuring 2,500 square metres (26,910 square feet), was laid out in the snow on the Aletsch glacier in the Swiss Alps, at an altitude of 3,400 metres (11,200 feet)

The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) said the globe's surface has already warmed one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels—enough to lift oceans and unleash a crescendo of deadly storms, floods and droughts—and without action is on track toward an unbearable 3C or 4C rise.

"Children and have a key role to play if (the 1.5C) goal is to be achieved, both as generations that will suffer from the consequences of for a long time and as a force for concrete action," the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) said in a statement.

To commemorate the Guinness , "a postcard will be designed and printed to dispatch the young people's words to the four corners of the globe," SDC said. It said some of the postcards would be sent from the world's highest postbox on the Jungfraujoch peak, which overlooks the Aletsch glacier, to participants in the COP24.


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Nov 17, 2018
This is not science. It's groupthink and virtue signalling without reason.
What reasoning there is that underpins the theory is clouded in ever increasing junk data and lopsided grant funding intended to promote the theory.

It's getting colder in many places. Snow in Texas and the Sahara. NASA is warning about a colder snap due to a lack of sunspots. If that keeps up we could use some global warming.

Nov 17, 2018
This is not science. It's groupthink and virtue signalling without reason.
What reasoning there is that underpins the theory is clouded in ever increasing junk data and lopsided grant funding intended to promote the theory.

It's getting colder in many places. Snow in Texas and the Sahara. NASA is warning about a colder snap due to a lack of sunspots. If that keeps up we could use some global warming.


You need to understand the difference between weather and climate. In my experience, AGW deniers neither understand that, nor a shed load of other very basic science. They seem to be, on the whole, right wing US citizens who couldn't find Canada on a map, let alone understand the science involved in global warming. They tend to be brainwashed by a certain oil-backed political party, who have vested interests to look after. Essentially, the thick pricks that voted the idiot Trump into power.

Nov 17, 2018
@Jones,

Oil? Who of these AGW believers is crying over increasing and unmitigated methane releases due to frenetic oil drilling as we approach peak oil? Oil drilling is verboten to these fake environmentalists. An Oil and banking "club" create and fund both sides of this fake debate.

You never have an opinion outside the prevailing scientific theory of the day.
It's difficult for a man to understand something if his paycheck depends on him not understanding it.
They have the academics by the balls with the grant money and the peer pressure.
Onlookers can see the mess and are not so constrained.
Hence the club sends trolls (perhaps like you) to the forums and comment sections, to shore up the conventional wisdom.

What you should consider is that what you write in the age of social media will likely be your primary legacy. Future generation (and your great grandchildren) will be able to get to know you like no future generations in history. What will they see?

Nov 17, 2018
Onlookers can see the mess and are not so constrained.


Onlookers, i.e. the general public are essentially scientifically illiterate. Particularly in the U.S. And I think you'll find that the real money is paid by oil companies to politicians, and it is far more than far more intelligent and qualified scientists can earn. You have been duped by oil money and bent politicians.

Nov 17, 2018
I've only read a few of your comments here but many of them are mean spirited ad hominem attacks dripping with insults and sarcasm. That's much of what your descendants will see of you in the future research databases of social media. . .

And, if my worst suspicions are true, they will see that you spent an inordinate portion of your time actively trying to deceive people less intelligent than you, simply to pay your dues, doing yeoman's work, for a club of like minded people. A club that is actively driving the world towards resource depletion at the fastest possible rate simply because their personal wealth is currently tied to that economic model.

Nov 17, 2018
I've only read a few of your comments here but many of them are mean spirited ad hominem attacks dripping with insults and sarcasm. That's much of what your descendants will see of you in the future research databases of social media. . .

And, if my worst suspicions are true, they will see that you spent an inordinate portion of your time actively trying to deceive people less intelligent than you, simply to pay your dues, doing yeoman's work, for a club of like minded people. A club that is actively driving the world towards resource depletion at the fastest possible rate simply because their personal wealth is currently tied to that economic model.


So, got nothing of value to add brainwashed boy? Thought not.

Nov 17, 2018
They will see that you spent an inordinate portion of your time actively trying to deceive people less intelligent than you


No need to deceive them. They are thick by definition. That seemingly includes you. Yes?


Nov 17, 2018
A club that is actively driving the world towards resource depletion at the fastest possible rate simply because their personal wealth is currently tied to that economic model.


Errrr, no dumb arse. I have no interest in the oil or nuclear industries. I hope they crash and burn. Not literally, of course.


Nov 17, 2018
You never have an opinion outside the prevailing scientific theory of the day.


Opinions are worthless. Evidence is king. If you can't back it up, then STFU.

Nov 17, 2018
looks a bit cold for their event , the irony is lost on them of course



Nov 18, 2018
looks a bit cold for their event , the irony is lost on them of course
They are on a glacier - at 11,000 feet. A SHRINKING glacier.

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