May 31, 2016
This week, the group visited the Museum of Tomorrow (or Museu do Amanhã), which was an extra excursion planned and spearheaded by student Allie Clark. Located in Centro on the scenic waterfront of Pier Maua, the Museum of Tomorrow is a science and technology museum that compares Earth today versus Earth tomorrow, with an emphasis on sustainability. Rather than a museum of objects, this is a museum of ideas, which is illustrated by its five main exhibits: Cosmos, Earth, Anthropocene, Tomorrow, and Now. Each exhibit was highly innovative and interactive, where you can play games or calculate your own carbon footprint. Personally, my favorite part of the visit was the “Anthropocene” exhibit, because it did an amazing job of visualizing the sheer number of humans on this planet, and the dramatic effect we are having on this Earth. This concept of humans as a geological force is often difficult to wrap your head around, but this museum illustrated it in such an engaging, meaningful way that really facilitates understanding.
The exhibits at the Museum of Tomorrow closely connects to what we are learning in our “Global Governance” class, where we are discussing climate change and humanitarian issues that will be at the forefront of global conversations in the coming years. In the museum, we were able to see the many interconnections between cultures all around the world, and how people from every country are affected by these global issues. In class, we build upon that information and understand how we can positively impact the future of our world not only as global citizens, but also through governmental and non-governmental organizations, such as the United Nations and Greenpeace. To top it all off, we ended the visit by watching the sun set over the water through the huge glass windows of this architecturally-innovative building, reminding us of how truly beautiful our Earth is, and how important it is that we continue to conserve it so that every day has a tomorrow.