Happy International Earth Day!
On Earth Day, 2021, we celebrate the wonderful planet that we live on and explore the innovative ways we’re helping to preserve our future on this planet.
Approximately 4.5 billion years ago, bits of rock and space dust formed together to create planet Earth and has been home to Homo sapiens (humans) for approximately the past 300,000 years. In the time that humans have walked on Earth we've evolved significantly, developing innovative technologies that have helped us solve some of the most difficult problems.
The Industrial Revolution of the 18th Century saw one of the most significant increases in technological advances. These advancements were the:
- Use of materials like iron and steel
- Use of new energy sources, burning of fossil fuels like coal, natural gas and oil
- Invention of new machines like the power loom
- Introduction of factories which was a new way of working
- Evolvement of transportation and communication
- Increase of applying science to industry
As a result of the evolving industry, workers acquired new skills - rather than craftspeople working with their hands, they developed skills in operating and repairing machinery. This type of reskilling in the workforce is evident today.
Whilst the Industrial Revolution represents one of the greatest leaps in human advancement and has allowed us to thrive on Earth, we now know that it began the process of human-induced climate change as early as the 1830s.
Today in the 21st century, we continue to develop technology and invent machinery to assist in our daily lives. We develop technology to create vaccinations to viruses, to help restore mobility to people through the use of prosthestics and mobility scooters, and to re-think how we grow crops sustainably. Our society now looks to innovation to help us develop technology whilst taking the environment into consideration.
Click the sections below to learn more about our wonderful planet and join us as we celebrate Earth Day.
Glasgow Science Centre's new permanent exhibition, Idea No59 celebrates the innovative spirit in us all. On your next visit, come and explore the exciting process of taking ideas and bringing them to life. You can also get hands-on with a range of engaging energy themed exhibits at our Powering the Future exhibition.