Activists Take Over NYC's Metronome to Display Climate Countdown Clock

Activists have taken over the Metronome at New York City’s Union Square to display a clock counting down the time left to take action to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The clock was created by artists Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd. As it went live on September 19 in the city, the Metronome carried an introductory message, saying “The Earth has a deadline. Let’s make it a lifeline.”

The display then switched to a countdown, which gives a little over seven years for action to be taken.

The ClimateClock website also includes a second number, tracking the growing percentage of the world’s energy supplied from renewable sources.

The New York clock will be displayed until the end of Climate Week, on September 27. However, the creators told the New York Times they hoped it would be displayed permanently in the future. Credit: Zack Winestine via Storyful