CASCADING DEBATE AT THE SCIENCE GALLERY BENGALURU
These Cascading Debates, consisting of two events on 14th and 16th of July 2022 were hosted by the Science Gallery Bengaluru, India. Being part of the global Youth Symposium organized by Science Gallery International, the first event revolved around a truly hot question: What might earth look like in 30 years if we continue living the way we do right now? The second event was a part of Art and Industry, a program funded by the British Council. It focused on the coal industry and its contradictions between modernity, prosperity and environmental degradation in Jharkhand, the region with the largest coal reserves in India.
The multiple recommendations for action resulting from these debates will be further discussed at the Planetary Health Plenary Table at the Falling Walls Science Summit 2022 and included in the Cascading Debates report to be launched in the beginning of 2023.
With the Earth 2052: Hot or Not debate, the Science Gallery in Bengaluru addressed the effects of climate change in a 90-minute talk. These effects are experienced all around the world today, highlighting the urgency to change the situation. The workshop by the Xperimenters at Science Gallery Bengaluru displayed and discussed a rather speculative visions of the Earth in 2052, as conceptualised by young adults in India. These visual depictions thus served to be facing the present and finding ways in which the year 2052 might not be characterized exclusively by the destruction of nature and global warming.
The Black Coal / White Cube debate then discussed a global problem at a regional level, taking a closer look at India’s main coal mining area, Jharkhand. Coal, that combustible black rock brought up from the depths of the planet to generate energy, is fraught with the greatest contradictions in Jharkhand: On the one hand, the region with India’s largest coal reserves has rapidly modernized and industrialized through mining, and the mines promised prosperity and employment opportunities. On the other hand, coal mining irreversibly damaged the environment.