Nobel Peace Center

Climate at the Peace Center

Press release   •   Apr 15, 2019 13:09 CEST

KlimaLab is a new, large exhibition on climate change at the Nobel Peace Center. Here the whole family can share their thoughts about the climate crisis and be inspired to make changes in their own lives.

“Climate change is one of the largest challenges of our time. In many places in the world we see how environmental disasters and climate change lead to human suffering and contribute to the strengthening of differences, unrest and conflict. With the KlimaLab exhibition we hope to get the audience involved in the climate cause and give them the belief that they can contribute to a solution,” says Liv Tørres, Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Center.

The ground floor of the Nobel Peace Centre is filled with trees and plants, and tactile art installations to touch and enter into. The exhibition is inspired by the founder of the Nobel Peace Prize, Alfred Nobel, and his idea of acting “for the greatest benefit to humankind”, as well as the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Wangari Maathai, Al Gore and the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who were all awarded the prize for their work to combat climate change. Next to these Peace Prize Laureates new voices in the debate on climate change are given space in the exhibition. On Friday the 22nd March, 40.000 young people gathered all over Norway to protest about the lack of political action to combat climate change. Following this momentous school strike against climate change the Nobel Peace Center were given some of the banners and posters made by the protesters.

“These young voices are an important document of our time and represent an expression of contemporary youth riot”, says Tørres.“Their voices belong in every room where climate change is discussed, because it is their future at stake”.

KlimaLab opened on the 5th April, as an unfinished exhibition which is supposed to grow and be filled with more content during the next four weeks. Here, the whole family can share their thoughts about the climate crisis whilst being inspired to make changes in their own lives. In a separate part of the exhibition the audience is encouraged to share what they think is important in order to slow down climate change. Their thoughts will help shape the exhibition. Everyone visiting KlimaLab can also bring a challenge home. Perhaps the family is going to eat less meat, find alternatives to driving their car or fly less often? The children can become the family “KlimaBoss” and make sure that the challenge is carried out at home.

KlimaLab is open until January 2020. It is curated and produced by the Nobel Peace Center and is a part of the programme for Oslo European Green Capital 2019. Nobel Peace Center invites visitors to a large opening event Saturday the 4th of May at 1pm.

For more information, please contact: Ingvill Bryn Rambøl, +47 924 52 944 / ibr@nobelpeacecenter.org

Facts about the Nobel Peace Center

  • one of Norway's most visited museums with app 250 000 vistors per year 
  • presents the Nobel Peace Prize laureates and their work, in addition to telling the story of Alfred Nobel
  • is an arena for debate and reflection around topics such as war, peace and conflict resolution
  • is internationally recognized for its emphasis on documentary photography and interactive technology
  • presents changing exhibitions, engaging digital solutions, films, seminars and events 
  • Olav Njølstad is chair of the board, Liv Tørres is the Executive Director
  • is financed by a combination of public and private funds
  • the main sponsors and collaborating partners are Hydro, Telenor Group and ABB