Photos: Climate Smart Cape Town Pavilion at COP17

This is a photo essay of some of our favourite pictures of the award winning Climate Smart Cape Town Pavilion at COP17 in Durban. The Pavilion won the best outdoor and best green stand in the Climate Change Response Expo. It is constructed out of 1,884 plastic milk crates and over 22,000 plastic milk bottles supplied by Polyoak Packaging, and is a temporary structure that has a low-impact on the environment as it will be dismantled on Saturday 10 December and all the materials will be re-used.

For those of you who cannot experience the Pavilion in person, click on the links below to take a virtual tour. There is a great tour of the interior and I could only see the roof of the stand in the exterior view. The exterior tour gives you a good idea of the Climate Change Response Expo.


Climate Smart Cape Town stand in puddle

Organic lettuces are planted into 250 of the milk crates and given to visitors.

Climate Smart Cape Town stand night with solar cookerClimate Smart Cape Town stand at dusk with Sunfire solar cookers

The Pavilion generates its own electricity and is off the national grid. While the sun shines, solar panels
charge batteries, that in turn supply the exhibit with electricity via an inverter. When the wind blows, the wind
turbine powers the exhibit directly.

Inside the Pavilion are 22 large format posters containing text, graphics and photographs to highlight how the 28 Climate Smart Cape Town Coalition partners are finding ways to adapt and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

The Pavilion hosted a variety of events during the 12 days of COP17. These included 10-minute Pecha Kucha presentations, panel discussions, report launches and even a formal dinner for climate change funders.

Photos 1-5 and 10 courtesy of Dennis Guichard Photography.

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