Nehru Science Centre’s new exhibition shows us why we should start acting to save our planet.

If you thought you are under a lot of pressure owing to exams, extracurricular activities, peer influence and parents, spare a thought for our planet. Pollution, indiscriminate consumption of resources, ocean acidification, biodiversity loss, climate change, growing energy demand…these are just a few of the problems plaguing our planets, thanks to us humans.

To draw attention to these problems, Nehru Science Centre is hosting a travelling exhibition titled “Planet Under Pressure”, inaugurated yesterday by K. S. Hosalikar, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, India Meteorological Department, Regional Meteorological Center.

Nehru Science Centre is a constituent unit of National Council of Science Museums under aegis of Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

Thought-provoking

The exhibition draws the visitors to the many problems of the earth in an interactive way – multimedia presentations, touch screen information panels, voice overs and even a display where you can try to squeeze a model of earth as much as you can – symbolic of what we are doing to our planet in reality.

Students, especially, will find the quiz corner interesting. You can go at it by yourself or compete against your friends to try and answer the 10 environment-related questions that the screen will pose to you. Choose the answer, hit the button and earn points.

Another display invites you to rotate a knob with miniatures of animals like the Asiatic lion and Indian wild ass attached to it, and learn of the conservation status of each animals as the corresponding information shows up on the screen, with areas highlighted on the Indian map.

As you browse through the limited but enlightening displays, you cannot help but come out having learnt many new facts like how conservation in India dates back to 3rd century BCE. A model of a rock edict from Emperor Ashoka’s era displayed at the exhibition spells out the conservation efforts undertaken during his reign like banning the hunting of certain species of wild animal, establishment of forest and wildlife reserves and prohibition of cruelty to domestic and wild animals.

Even Mahatma Gandhi had taken note of the pressure to our planet: “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.”

Finally, who is responsible for the climate change? Who caused ecological imbalance? Who created the pressure on our earth’s resources? Look into this particular display at the exhibition for answers. Here’s a clue — it’s got mirrors inside.

Where: Nehru Science Centre, Dr. E. Moses Road, Worli

When: March 27 onwards

Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Contact: 022-2492 0482