COUNTDOWN COP 26: Meta-Story for Incorporating Indigenous Climate Perspectives in the San Francisco Bay Ecotarium
The world’s first living museum for climate and ocean conservation is designed in San Francisco to take advantage of Native American voices, immersive technology and LEED Gold rating
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA, September 23, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – The world’s first living museum for climate and ocean conservation is designed in San Francisco, to take advantage of environmental stewardship of Native Americans, Silicon Valley technologies including Ai, EAi, cloud networking, mobile AR / VR overlays, immersive experiences, projected holograms and deep learning in its LEED Gold biomimetic building design.
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San Francisco, CA- When George Jacob arrived to lead the now Smithsonian Affiliated Aquarium of the Bay on PIER 39 in San Francisco 5 years ago as the first President and CEO, his assessment of the aging facility sparked the genesis of a vision to transform into a $ 260 million environmental edifice like no other, dedicated to climate change and ocean conservation – the Bay Ecotarium.
Jacob led an international team of experts from France, Canada, Germany and Japan to unveil an iridescent, organic and biomimetic design inspired by the geometry of the ocean, fish scales, undulating waves and Ohlone shell mounds.
Unlike conventional science museum exhibits which often tend to overload data, graphics, and technical analysis, the Ecotarium is an evocative platform that’s programmed for a three-part trigger. First of all, to appreciate the marvelous beauty of our blue marble that we call home in all its magical biodiversity and the delicate and complex balance of the web of life. Second, to feel the anguish of a suffering planet that remained silent in the Anthropocene, then began to explode with a menacing fury that is existential for humanity. Third, remember that our collective future relies on us to take decisive action, whether with programs, policies or personal lifestyle choices driven by sustainability and 360 circular economies. The soul of the ecotarium is a 2 million gallon saltwater aquarium with 300 species and 30,000 animals that provides a purpose for life – silent and invisible – beneath the depths of the ocean.
Indigenous environmental stewardship in climate change mitigation is integral to conservation efforts, locally and globally. With President Joe Biden’s office appointing Representative Deb Haaland of New Mexico as Home Secretary, creating history while honoring heritage, a new era for the environment awaits in the United States. The Laguna Pueblo Native American lineage made her the first Native American to hold a cabinet secretary position.
Co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, Deb Haaland brings a unique Indigenous perspective to environmental leadership as she prepares to lead natural resources and land. With 574 federally recognized tribes holding sovereign treaties with the United States, their number exceeds 5 million, of which about 78% live off-reserve.
The world’s indigenous peoples make up 5 percent of the world’s population and live on 22 percent of the land that is home to more than 75 percent of the world’s biodiversity. According to the 2018 report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), native symbiosis with the environment is synonymous with climate solutions. The UN’s IPCC Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food Security and Greenhouse Gas Flows in Terrestrial Ecosystems, draws on the perspectives and indigenous practices. Everything from crop rotation, the plant palette of native species, conservation and forest management practices, water distribution, levels of hunting and fishing consumption, recycling, burning cycles, nuances of terrain and geography, seasonal adaptations, conservation of flora and fauna, recognition of pollination and cross-pollination vectors, movement of livestock, will be at play in regulated measures aimed at 360-degree circular economies both at the micro and macro levels. From treaty obligations to Earth justice, the list of complex issues is long and multigenerational, braided with emotional and trust issues of marginalization, racism and the specter of “climate refugees” from the small Pacific island of Kiribati to mighty burning greens of the Amazon. With over 18,500 indigenous peoples, the San Francisco Bay Area tribal traditions and languages have survived through the tenacity of elders and youth.
Being in the tech mecca, IT will play a major role in the experiences of customers at the Bay Ecotarium. Augmented and virtual reality will immerse visitors in real-world climate change crisis scenarios and provide a high sense of urgency for immediate action. Machine learning, emotional intelligence, Google-driven visual mapping, and real-time user engagement will be used to deepen those experiences and create inspiring messages that translate into real action. The building’s VR platform component can transcend geopolitical boundaries and involve more than 2 billion people, despite the projected physical footprint of 2 million visitors per year.
The Bay Ecotarium is a movement – BE the movement!