The melting of glaciers is a serious problem that affects us all. It is quite clear that the glaciers are melting and they are doing it at a worrying speed.
So the environmental technology company METER has started a project called “Meltdown Flags” with the aim of educating people about the importance of glaciers, providing solutions to reduce emissions and putting pressure on policy to address the climate crisis.
The flags of “Meltdown Flags” show the state of melting past, present, and future. From 1995, the year of the first United Nations Climate Change Conference, until 2050, the year set by the UN to reach net-zero and limit the global temperature to 1.5 °C.
Glaciers are a source of life, provide vital drinking water, help generate energy for millions of homes and are our most valuable indicators for understanding the future of global climate change. Without glaciers, we would live in a very different world. The complete thaw would bring sea-level rise to a record high and eliminate 69% of the world’s drinking water. Although not every country can have a glacier, every country depends on its survival.
The flags were sewn and displayed for the first time during the COP25 in Madrid, to remind us of the promises that none of the participating countries are fulfilling to protect our planet.
On the site, you can see all the forecasts country by country, until 2050, and how symbolically the flags change according to the melting. A respectable project, the data sources come not only from METER but also from UNESCO, NASA, World Glacier Monitoring System (WGMS), the United Nations Environment Programme, the University of Zurich and the University of Innsbruck.