Earth Black Box – UPSC Prelims

Earth Black Box:
  • Earth Black Box is a steel structure that will record every step humans take towards the civilization to crash.
  • It will basically provide an unbiased account of the events that lead to the demise of the planet, hold accountability for future generations and inspire urgent action.
  • This project was created as a collaboration between researchers from the University of Tasmania, artists from the Glue Society collective and members of marketing communications company Clemenger BBDO among others.
  • Location: The box will be constructed in Tasmania, an Australian island state off the south coast. This location was chosen for its geopolitical and geological stability.
  • This Box is expected to be completed in early 2022.
  • How will the Earth Black Box work?
    • The box will be filled with a mass of storage drives and have internet connectivity, all powered by solar panels on the structure’s roof. Batteries will provide backup power storage.
    • The box will record our actions (or inaction) by searching the internet for keywords relating to climate change from newspapers, social media and peer-reviewed journals.
    • It will also collect daily metrics including average oceanic and land temperatures, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration and biodiversity loss.
    • Hence, the idea behind this box is that if the Earth does crash as a result of climate change, this indestructible recording device will be there for whoever’s left to learn from that.