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100 Seconds ’til Midnight: Countdown to Catastrophe


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On January 27, 2021, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists sent a plea to the leaders and citizens of the world: ‘This is your COVID wake-up call: it is 100 seconds to midnight’.

NASA has warned that if global warming reaches 2 degrees Celsius higher than pre-industrial levels, more than 70 percent of Earth’s coastlines will experience coastal flooding, mass erosion, and salinisation of water supplies.

These urgent reminders demand immediate action from our governments on issues of climate change.

In this interactive series, participants will embark on a journey through an imagined climate change crisis, ten years into the future. Led by storyteller Bernard Caleo, our team of experts have been called upon to help a coastal town suffering the effects of these catastrophes. They’ll work together, utilising STEAM skills to propose solutions to the immediate threat, and asking how we can solve the underlying issue of climate change.

Alongside two public panel events, we’re offering workshop incursions for secondary students  in February 2022. Led by a STEAM expert, students will dive deeper into the climate crisis and its potential solutions. Can we reverse the effects? Can we rebuild infrastructure? Will we need to evacuate? And, above all, can we turn back time?

If you’re a teacher interested in holding a STEAM climate change solutions workshop at your school, click here.

The Wheeler Education STEAM program is generously supported by George and Rosa Morstyn.



Bernard Caleo

Bernard Caleo is a comic book teacher, maker, and communicator. He was the editor and publisher of the romance comics anthology Tango, made the feature film Graphic Novels Melbourne with filmmaker Daniel Hayward and is part of the graphic novel publishing enterprise Twelve Panels Press. In 2021 he s... Read more

Tilly Boleyn

Tilly Boleyn is the Head of Curatorial at Science Gallery Melbourne. Basically, she’s a massive nerd, curious about the world and everything in it. Her background is in museums, galleries, education, festivals, broadcasting and research. Originally a microbiologist, Tilly ran from the lab to the A... Read more

Kaya Wilson

Dr. Kaya Wilson is a writer and tsunami specialist with over 10 years experience in ocean science. His day job is about keeping us safe from natural disasters like tsunamis and cyclones and his writing explores themes of queer identity, gender, and origin. Sometimes the science and the art come toge... Read more

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