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Refreshed Climate Stripes mural unveiled

An updated and refreshed version of the ‘Climate Stripes for Jersey’ mural at St Helier’s Waterfront has been unveiled.

Originally unveiled in June 2020, the mural, painted by local artist Ian Rolls, is a visual representation of how Jersey’s annual average air temperature has changed since records began in 1894 by featuring 126 stripes each representing one year from 1894 through to 2019. The stripes are coloured according to how much cooler or warmer the annual average air temperature was for each year benchmarked against the 30-year average air temperature (11.8°C) between 1971 and 2000.

The new version comes a few weeks after the mural became a target for vandals sometime over the Christmas period when climate change denying messages were painted over the stripes.

Following the mural’s vandalization, the eco active team and artist Ian Rolls, discussed how the mural might be restored, which included listening to the comments made within the graffiti and to start a conversation by turning the negativity of vandalism into a positive message to highlight such an important topic. The new version incorporates key phases relating to climate change such as renewable energy, reforestation and sustainable transport by using silhouettes, thought bubbles and  symbols, linked to climate change including a wind turbine, industrial factory, car and air travel.

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