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Roger Hildingsson, photo.

Roger Hildingsson


Roger Hildingsson, photo.

Carbon Ruins : An exhibition of the fossil age

Carbon Ruins : En utställning av fossileran


  • Ludwig Bengtsson Sonesson
  • Johannes Stripple
  • Alexandra Nikoleris
  • Roger Hildingsson
  • Sylvia Lysko

Other contributions

  • Caroline Mårtensson

Summary, in English

It is 2053. The Swedish government has just opened its landmark museum FOSSIL with its first exhibition Carbon Ruins. The exhibition and its grand opening is a celebration of the fact that global net-zero emissions of carbon dioxide were reached in 2050. Sweden, in line with its 2017 targets, reached net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases already in 2045, being the first country in the world to step out of the fossil age, which globally lasted between 1849 and 2049.

‘Carbon Ruins’ aims to transport the visitor into a future where transitions to post-fossil society has already happened. By focusing on recognisable objects the exhibition bridges the gap between the daily lives of humans and the abstract impacts of climate change. The choice of the objects and the associated stories are based on climate models and expertise from the Narrating Climate Futures network. The characters and events which construct the story have been generated through participatory workshops with researchers and practitioners in food, transport, steel, energy and plastic


  • Department of Political Science
  • Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC)
  • Lund university sustainability forum
  • Environmental and Energy Systems Studies
  • BECC: Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate

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Document type



  • Political Science




  • Climate Imaginaries: Narrating socio-cultural transitions to a post-fossil society
  • Narrating Climate Futures