The World’s Largest Postcard Highlights Climate Chaos
In November, the Guinness World Record for most postcards tied into a single image was broken – in a compelling attempt to raise awareness about global
Perhaps the last place you might expect to find a giant postcard is posted to the side of a Swiss glacier.
Yet, in November 2018 that’s exactly what visitors to the Aletsch Glacier encountered.
Comprising of 125,000 messages and drawings from children from around the world, the giant postcard was a mosaic of hope. It carried the message: STOP
GLOBAL WARMING #1.5˚C.
The 1.5˚C message is important because this is the limit which would help to keep the impact of climate chaos and global warming at a tolerable level, as specified in the special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It shows that under certain conditions, it should still be possible to limit global warming to no more than 1.5°C.
To highlight this important message, the WAVE Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to conservation causes, initiated the giant postcard project in conjunction with the Swiss development agency.
WAVE chose the Aletsch Glacier to host the record-breaking postcard’s message because it is one of the European locations most affected by the impact of Climate Chaos.
Scientists have warned that the Aletsch Glacier could completely disappear by the year 2100 if the current rates of warming continue.
The Aletsch is the largest glacier in western Europe – currently measuring in at 23km (14.3 miles) long.