Using creative visuals to deliver a carbon message
This series of images shows Bristol's daily carbon emissions as a volume of gas. By using College Green, a space familiar with many people in the city, we are demonstrating the power of visual comparison. The work formed part of a residency of Adam Nieman, Carbon Visual’s Creative Director, at the Create Centre, Bristol, in 2012. The exhibition coincided with Bristol's Big Green Week, an annual event that engages the public in green issues and actions.
Split into two parts, the aim of these images is to demonstrate Bristol's carbon dioxide emissions, and the 'share' of the air for the city of Bristol and its inhabitants.
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"These images turn abstract numbers into something Bristolians like me can feel. They bridge the gap between the individual and the city. By using the city itself as an instrument of measurement they humanise the process of quantitative analysis and make it accessible to a much wider audience."
Adam Nieman, Creative Director, Carbon Visuals
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Density of carbon dioxide gas at 15 °C and atmospheric pressure: 1.87 kg.m-3 Density of air at standard temperature and pressure: 1.2 kg.m-3
National data (2008 figures): Boden, T.A., G. Marland, and R. J. Andres. 2011. Global, Regional, and National Fossil Fuel CO2 Emissions. Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge, Tenn., U.S.A. doi 10.3334/ CDIAC/00001_V2011
Bristol data (2009 figures): Local and Regional CO2 Emissions Estimates for 2005-2009, produced by AEA for DECC.