Climate change, despite what some people may tell you, is a real phenomenon and if left unchecked, could drastically alter life as we know it.  Some of these changes are already being felt across the world from rising sea levels that threaten small islands to changes in various countries’ climate. One example of this is New Zealand’s recent weather patterns of the last few weeks.

However, there is hope and climate change can be reversed. Starting from 16 March until 8 April, the Corban’s Estate Arts Centre will be hosting a climate change awareness festival known as TEMP.

Lasting for four weeks, TEMP blends art and science together to educate and entertain in a laid back, friendly environment. Each week will have different activities for visitors ranging from watching various artists at work, walking around the estate’s grounds, and experiencing the different artworks available for viewing.

Along these activities, TEMP will be split up into 6 areas set up in different parts of the estate.  Each area will focus on a specific category where climate change is considered an on-going concern.

  1. ANGI (AIR)
    Introduces atmospheric science to children in a way that’s fun and easy for them to understand. The idea of how climate change can affect the air around us is explained through digital media, games, and much more.
  1. KAI (FOOD)
    This section asks the question “How can we grow sustainable food in a shared space?”  Visitors start their journey through an edible gateway and then, they are encouraged to ask questions ranging from sustainable food growth to consumption habits of a world under pressure to grow more and more food for a ballooning world population.
  1. WAI (WATER)
    Led by New Zealand artist Gabby O’Connor and Dr Craig Stevens, this will give visitors the opportunity to learn about our world’s oceans and why they need to be protected. By combining art and science, people are able to understand the effects of climate change that happen under the waves.
    New Zealand household contributes 10,000kg CO2e per year. This figure can be represented by a mountainous pile of coal! These are the results that Professor Anthony Fowler found when he decided to investigate how much CO2 is leaked into the world’s atmosphere each year. The will showcase the effects that climate change is having on weather and the effects that it will have in the future if nothing is done to stop it.
    Designed as a place to hang out and chill, New Zealand artists Xin Cheng, Chris Berthelsen, and friends have made what they call an ever-growing community shelter made of free and local materials. The section is an opportunity to explore, debate, and talk openly the different ways to house a growing population in the future. While Auckland’s housing market may be heating up, TEMP attempts to ask the questions of whether or not there is a better way to tackle the issue of housing.
    Aside from the 5 categories above, there are also associated topics that Corban’s Estate will be hosting.  Among these are a number of art exhibitions that draw inspiration from the environment, climate change, and what can be done to reduce our carbon footprint.

TEMP will be held at the Corban’s Estate Art Centre from the 16th of March to the 8th April.  11am – 4pm, Thursday – Sundays.


Words by Kerry Lee. Photos by Temp.