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Climate House Bremerhaven „8 Grad Ost“

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The Climate House Bremerhaven is a stunning building. A giant dome next to the new port of Bremerhaven that is particularly noticeable when illuminated in the evening.

Climate House Bremerhaven „8 Grad Ost“

A big revolving door leads into the building right into a modern hall that marks the beginning of a journey around the world following the 8th degree of longitude.

Climate House Bremerhaven „8 Grad Ost“

The journey tells a fictitious story. Axel Werner went on this journey for real. He started in Bremerhaven and toured the world following the 8th degree of longitude. His different stops along the way are reconstructed in the Climate House in Bremerhaven and are made more tangible for visitors. His personal impressions that he documented in pictures and videos influenced the exhibition and made it a really personal journey around the world.

Our journey in the Climate House Bremerhaven begins

After a brief introduction, we follow some train tracks that bring us to the first stop along the 8th degree of longitude.

Climate House Bremerhaven „8 Grad Ost“

Isenthal- Switzerland

In Switzerland, in the canton Uri, at 8º 33′ e / 46 º 55’ n, there is Isenthal. We stand in a room that is modelled on the highlands. One can hear alphorns and cows here and it might have been in my head but I think I also smelled them. Different audiovisual info points tell visitors interesting details from the life of a farmer and their family. What I like is that this information isn’t rose-tinted at all, it reflects problems that arise with climate change.

Climate House Bremerhaven „8 Grad Ost“

We climbed higher into the mountain range via some stairs and enter an area about something that I find utterly fascinating: Glaciology. A short film takes us on a hike across a glacier and I learn about melting ice and the consequences. In a little passage, we suddenly find ourselves inside a real glacier. Real ice and the cold that comes with it evoke the feeling of being in an icy cave.

I am deeply impressed by how well the multitude of information is presented and how it gives us an idea of what to expect from the rest of the tour through the Climate House Bremerhaven.

Seneghe – Sardinia

8º 35′ e / 40º 8′ n are the coordinates of our next stop on the journey. We are on the island Sardinia.

The first focus point of this area in the Climate House are the changes in the habitats of insects due to climate change. Our perspective is shrunken down to bug size and we walk past huge blades of grass and an enormous metal can. Terrariums with live animals from the habitat are installed here and give insight into the so-called butterfly effect.

Climate House Bremerhaven „8 Grad Ost“

Small rooms bring visitors into the life in Seneghe. We are introduced to a local family and experience the climate and the temperatures of the region ourselves. The problems on the island, like the hot summers and the extreme aridity, which can quickly lead to wildfires, are made perfectly clear.

Climate House Bremerhaven „8 Grad Ost“
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Kanak – Niger

After having left Sardinia we arrive in Kanak, Niger (9º 2′ e / 15º 31′ n). We suddenly are in a room full of sand that is supposed to symbolize the desert of Niger.

I am moved as I follow the reports about the changes in the country. It is shown in a very impactful way that not too long ago (not even 100 years) this region had plenty of rivers and streams and sufficient rain to make plants grow healthily. Many animals used to live here that now cannot find a suitable habitat in this barren land anymore.

Climate House Bremerhaven „8 Grad Ost“

Mightily impressed I stand in a big room in an arid climate and 35º Celcius. I stand on the edge of a rocky desert. Only a single, dry tree rises from the ground. The rifts in the ground look like a larger than life spider web.

In the adjacent rooms, I learn more details about life in the Sahelian Zone. Water is the most precious thing there is and deep wells are needed to reach this treasure. A short movie shows a boy who has to drive his animals forward for 70 meters before the bucket full of water is finally pulled up to the edge of the well.

Climate House Bremerhaven „8 Grad Ost“

Another topic that I have never looked into before but that has a huge impact on many areas in Niger is uranium mining. The most important industry of the country changes not only the ecosystem but also furthers climate change.

Ikenge – Cameroon

9º 6′ e / 5º 16′ e – welcome to Ikenge in Cameroon!

Climate House Bremerhaven „8 Grad Ost“

Vast areas of the country are covered in rainforest. The next segment of our journey in the Climate House Bremerhaven is an expedition into the world of the rainforest. It is humid and warm and there is a light shower of rain every once in a while. We walk through a labyrinth in the twilight. Animals are calling in the distance, we hear thunder and raindrops. As we finally leave the winding paths we discover a little village with huts and a river that runs through the forest. We see fishes swimming in the water as we cross a wonky chain bridge to the other side of the river.

Climate House Bremerhaven „8 Grad Ost“

Just like at the previous stops of our journey, here, too, the environmental problems are shown that arise from the deforestation of the rainforest. In one of the rooms, we hear a chainsaw, falling trees and we see many marks on the wall that stand for the deforestation.

Queen Maud Land – Antarctica

My personal favourite of all the stops in the Climate House Bremerhaven is at 8º 34′ e / 73º 30′ s in Antarctica.

Climate House Bremerhaven „8 Grad Ost“

What a difference! Directly after the heat of Africa, we are in a room that is cooled down to -6º Celcius. This is the temperature found in Queen Maud Land during the summer. At other times during the year temperatures can drop to -80º Celcius. We walk through real snow and ice towards a tent. It is really cold and I am glad that we get to enter the research facility. The temperature in here is a lot more pleasant and we find instruments and equipment that is used by the scientists.

Climate House Bremerhaven „8 Grad Ost“

Antarctica offers many opportunities for scientists to research climate change. The ice masses shape the world‘s climate. I thought that the info panels about the changes in the ice shelves were particularly interesting.

Satitoa – Samoa

After the cold, we come back into warmer temperatures again. We are at 171º 22′ w / 14º 1′ s.

Climate House Bremerhaven „8 Grad Ost“

This is where Samoa, it’s wonderful beaches and the blue sea are. Humidity rises again, it is warm and tropical, I begin to feel the island’s vibes as I hear the music play. We stand amongst small huts, continue down to a sandy beach and the water is full of colourful fish – a little paradise on earth.

Climate House Bremerhaven „8 Grad Ost“

In this section of the exhibition, I learn a lot about life in the South Sea, about traditions and cultures. But I also learn that this paradise is threatened. The increased number of hurricanes, the rising risk of floods and the destruction of coral reefs due to rising water temperatures are all effects of climate change that are very tangible here. Deep in thoughts, I continue to Alaska.

Gambell – Alaska

Here, at 171 º 44′ w / 33º 46′ n, we are in Gambell, on St Lawrence near the North American coast.

Climate House Bremerhaven „8 Grad Ost“

This is where tribes live that are still allowed to hunt whales because it is their main food source. The modern world also left its mark on this area. The big whale fin that is surrounded by plastic garbage in the sea is a very impressive picture. A topic that we touch every now and again in our life and where we try to find ways to reduce our plastic consumption to protect the environment.

Climate House Bremerhaven „8 Grad Ost“

Another focus of the Alaska section is the fauna, which has adapted perfectly to live in this environment. But visitors are also shown how the lives of the inhabitants changed due to melting ice.

Hallig Langeneß – Germany

Melting ice and rising sea levels are also an important topic on the Hallig Langeneß. Here, at 8º 36′ e / 54º 38′ n, land is flooded when a storm stirs up the sea or when water levels rise. A simulation visualises how the lives of the locals changed over time. The only protection against flooding is a small, artificial hill. This is where the houses were built.

Bremerhaven – Germany

The last stop on our journey around the world is Bremerhaven (8º 34′ e / 53º 32′ n). This is where Axel Werner started his journey and where he came back to in the end.

My thoughts on the Climate House Bremerhaven

I am still deeply impressed by our visit to the Climate House Bremerhaven. We spent over three hours in there and the variety of information was enormous.

I realised how my capacity to take in new impressions decreased significantly over time so that I am sure that I might have missed one thing or another. I think one should visit the Climate House more than once and focus on a different section every time. We, for example, skipped the offshore centre, the weather studio and the topics „how climate changes“, „energy revolution“ and „shaping the future“.

An amazing and unforgettable visit that I am going to remember for a long time.

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Address:

Klimahaus® Betriebsgesellschaft mbH
Am Längengrad 8
27568 Bremerhaven
Website

Opening Hours:

April – August:
Monday to Friday: 09.00 – 19.00
Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays: 10.00 – 19.00
September – March:
Daily: 10.00 – 18.00
24.12., 25.12., 31.12., 1.1. closed

Admission (2018):

Adults: 16€
Reduced: 11,50€
Other discounts are available

Climate House Bremerhaven „8 Grad Ost“

The visit to the Climate House Bremerhaven was sponsored as part of a promotion trip and entry was free for us. Thanks a lot!

9 Comments

  1. Sandy N Vyjay on 31. January 2019 at 9:11

    What a unique and incredible experience the Climate House Bremerhaven offer! So fascinating to virtually journey across the longitudinal path. The audio-visuals and the imagery too sounds really fantastic along with interesting information. All in all a really engaging and enriching experience indeed.



  2. Kelly S on 31. January 2019 at 7:05

    I cannot believe this place is not well-known around the world (I’d never heard of it before). What a neat concept! I would love to visit one day if I am in the area, and I think I would especially like the hands-on experience it offers. That must have made a big impact for you as a visitor, much more so than just reading about how climate change is affecting all climates on panels along a wall next to photos.



  3. Angela E on 30. January 2019 at 17:19

    The Climate House sounds really unique; I have never heard of it before. It’s a creative idea to bring the visitor around with the world with the researcher to experience all the things he did. Definitely an eye-opening adventure I’m sure!



  4. Lola La Paz on 29. January 2019 at 12:16

    Reading this article it felt like I was right there with you. The change of the climate has a serious impact on all that is living and breathing on our planet. When I see things like the plastic soup that is killing so many beautiful animals it makes me angry and sad. We try to reduce our ecological footprint by using as little plastic as possible but this already is a challenge because the whole industry keeps on packaging their goods in plastic. In our home country, Belgium, people are uniting and protesting on the streets to demand a good political plan to help the environment. It’s a good thing that there is much more awareness but the big question is: will the politicians react and give the people what they demand? And more importantly; what the world needs to survive?



  5. Melody Pittman on 28. January 2019 at 20:54

    I’ve never heard about this place before and it sounds fascinating. What a clever concept to experience the difference in climates. I would love to have explored it. The Alaska display with the rubbish is so sad and such a problematic issue in our society.



  6. Ketki on 28. January 2019 at 15:19

    Climate House Bremerhaven sounds like an innovative display and interactive centre. I would particularly be interested in visiting this, since i work in the field of Climate Change Education. Super thrilled to know, such a place exists :)



  7. Heather on 28. January 2019 at 7:02

    I have never heard of anything like this and it is an absolute fascinating concept! Like you, my favorite place you “visit” would be Antarctica. Although that gives new meaning to “cold” I do prefer the cold to the heat and humidity. Second would be Alaska and third Switzerland. Very interesting way to learn and it never would have crossed my mind!



  8. Carol Colborn on 28. January 2019 at 0:12

    Climate House Bremerhaven is such an innovative way to display and explain the phenomena of climate in our world. Amazing house.



  9. Maggie on 26. January 2019 at 13:17

    What interesting place! Interactive exhibits like this are such an effective way to learn, much more so than just reading a bunch of plaques in a normal museum.



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