1.5° Celsius

a graphic showing a clock almost at midnight with dust exploding over it. Text says 1.5' Celsius.


Date: September 6, 2022 - February 25, 2023


MSU Museum - Main Gallery
409 West Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI 48824

Through contributions of more than one dozen national and international artists, scientists, and researchers, the 1.5 ° Celsius exhibition and its supporting public programs explore the global climate crisis.

We are 0.4° Celsius away from catastrophe.

In 2015, the Paris Agreement outlined the need to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions to limit global temperature increase to no more than 1.5° Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This goal aims to avoid irreparable damage to our climate, our ecosystems, and our ability to inhabit the planet. Failure to do so may cause disastrous calamities including extreme weather events that impact everything from our ability to grow food to accessing fresh water.

Currently, the global temperature increase sits at 1.1°C. Therefore, we must urgently consider the actions we need to take, individually and collectively, before it is too late.

In this exhibition, we invite you to examine the scope of our impact on the planet and the ways that our lives are deeply interconnected with the well-being of the environment. We hope that you will start to imagine new ways of addressing the social and environmental issues connected to climate change, and how we can build brighter, more sustainable futures.

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The Community Bee Clinic
Lisa Korpos
Portland, OR

Urchin Futures
Anastasiia Raina
Providence, RI

What Are We Made Of?
Hailey Becker & Kakia Gkoudina
Lansing, MI

OurCarbon: Carbon Negative Base Material
Bioforcetech Corporation
San Francisco, CA
Read a blog post about this exhibition written by MSU students!

1.5 Degrees of Concern
Kristine Diekman, Lisa Mansfield, & Liz Waugh McManus
USA, Australia, & UK

Vincent Ruijters & Ray LC
The Netherlands & USA

An Ecological Oracle
Raphael Arar
Portland, OR

Loom & Doom: Weaving Against Plastic & Climate Change
Kelsey Merreck Wagner
East Lansing, MI
Read a blog post about this exhibition written by MSU students!

Appetite for Deconstruction
Eryk Salvaggio, Claudia Westermann, Vinny Montag, & Hao Liu
Rochester, NY & Suzhou, Jiangsu, China

Lilia Li-Mi-Yan & Katherina Sadovsky
Moscow, Russia

Feeling Climate Crisis
Gaurav Patekar
Boston, MA
Read a blog post about this exhibition written by an MSU student!

Harpreet Sareen, Franziska Mack, & Yasuaki Kakehi
USA, India, Japan; USA, Germany; & Japan

Biofuel Lights the Future
Maxwell Oerther, Jinho Lee, & Ovya Venkat
East Lansing, MI
Read a blog post about the exhibit by recent MSU graduate Emily Greeson!

YANTO – yaw and not tip over
Marc Lee, Iris Qu, & Shervin Saremi
Zurich, New York, & Berlin

Human-Cloud Project
Filips Staņislavskis
Riga, Latvia


Impossible Creatures
Alinta Krauth & Jason Nelson
Australia & Norway
(located in the MSU Museum, STEM Teaching & Learning Facility, MSU Library, and (SCENE) Metrospace)

We All Live Downwind
Shanna Merola
Detroit, MI
(located in the MSU Museum Ground Floor Gallery)

A Few Degrees of Change
Through November 23, 2022
(SCENE) Metrospace

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