Exploring the biomes at the Eden Project is an experience that stays with you. It is an emotional encounter, and it’s supposed to be. Whilst you are in that space it changes your perspective, something distant and ‘other’ becomes immediate and surrounds you.
Having arrived at Eden and heard about the vision of Tim Smit, I have become intrigued with the idea of journeys and how humans connect with nature through them. A large part of his idea for Eden was that it should be a hidden paradise. A lost world to be ‘discovered’ by visitors. Visitors get an enhanced experience from having to travel into the wilderness to get there, rather than it being next to a major route.
In recent years the technological advances in harnessing wind energy has rapidly accelerated and turbines have become a much more common site in many countries; in the UK onshore wind generation increased by 7.9% between 2013 and 2014 (Department of Energy and Climate Change, 2015).
Leading up to my Grand Challenge, I have been considering how the rising population is putting pressure on the world’s energy needs. Rapid human population growth is increasingly being recognised as a major force acting on our planet and a huge challenge for our future security.