12th June 2014
Denis Wright and
The environment time capsule project is an initiative of Professor John Guillebaud (physician and environmentalist), who, along with leading personalities such as
in 1994 placed time capsules in various parks and gardens and other suitable locations around the world, to be opened in the Year 2044, just 50 years from the time the original capsule was buried in Kew Gardens. The other sites were in: the Wirral, UK (Ness Gardens), the Seychelles, New South Wales, Mexico & South Africa.
What was the purpose of this project, and how will it contribute towards making the world an environmentally safer place for our descendants?
Follow the links and explore this site, especially The Promise which includes the best contributions from 1994 (pictures, letters, poems) by the children who will be around when the capsule is opened in 2044 (this date being chosen because it was two generations later, see the quote below).
Help us to make a decent, truly sustainable future a reality for our grandchildren - and for all the wild species in Nature that humankind so threatens....
In 2014, John's son Christopher 'encapsulated' all this in his new song.
Please also spare just 20 minutes to view John's TED lecture, BELOW. There are other highly relevant videos here (Pop Dots & the Impossible Hamster) and here (Melinda Gates: 'Let's put birth control back on the agenda'). For more information, visit the website Population Matters, of which he is Patron - along with Sir David Attenborough, Dame Jane Goodall, Professor James Lovelock, Sir Jonathon Porritt and other prominent environmentalists.
"We have not inherited the earth from our grandparents, we have borrowed it from our grandchildren" [Kashmiri proverb]