Rain doesn't stop celebrations
Andrew Miller MP Ellesmere Port and Neston, will
be joining emeritus Professor John Guillebaud and others to mark
the 20th Anniversary of the burial of the time capsule at Ness
Botanic Gardens on 7 June 2014.
Saturday 7 June 2014 is the celebration of World
Environment Day at Ness and marks the 20th anniversary of the
burial of 'Apology to the Future' time capsule, one of six buried
in the UK and abroad1. The anniversary will be
marked by a ceremony with an introduction from Kevin Reid, Director
of Ness Botanic Gardens, and readings from The Promise (the booklet
of poems and pictures written to people of the future by children
Explaining the inspiration for the eco-time
capsule project, Professor Guillebaud said "The concept came
through that well-known saying...we have not inherited the earth
from our grandparents, we have borrowed it from our grandchildren.
I reflected on how angry they are likely to be if we continue (and
there has been no obvious let-up 20 years later) to wreck their
loan to us. With 25 years as the accepted average duration of a
generation, "our grandchildren" meant people living 50 years ahead.
So this project was addressed to the people of 2044. We felt it was
essential to apologise. But more important was the pledge: to do
all we could to save the planet by individual and united action
with the goal that the finders of each time capsule in the year
2044 will wonder why we apologised!"
The Gardens will celebrate World Environment Day
by offering free guided tours of their bee hives, weather station
and two hectares of wildflower meadows in addition to wildlife
crafts for children. The day is an annual global event
run by the United Nations since 1972 to encourage everybody to
think and take positive action to protect nature and the planet
Earth. It has been celebrated at Ness since the burial of the time
capsule in 1994.
1 In addition to the one in Ness Botanic Garden,
capsules were buried in Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Mount Annan
Botanic Garden, NSW, Australia; Fundidora Park, Nuevo Leon State,
Mexico; Botanical Gardens, Seychelles; KwaZulu-Natal Botanic
Gardens, South Africa.
2 The time capsule contains environmentally-relevant
items including: samples to reflect water, earth, fire and air, the
four elements of the ancients (a flask of fresh air from woods in
Oxfordshire, garden loam, two vials of water, one from the tap, one
from the sea, as a reference for comparison in 2044, together with
one of petrol to represent fire); a selection of letters and poems
from British school children (many of which are reproduced inThe
Promise, a booklet produced to commemorate the 10th anniversary);
an apple, chosen by 14 year-old Peter Harrison to represent the
earth and a Letter of Apology written to the 2044 finder of the