Every time any new climate research is released, news headlines posted or tweets shared, a huge steel box would chart everything on a granite plain in the Australian state of Tasmania.

With its thick steel walls, battery storage systems and sun panels, as developers of Earth ‘s Black Box have stated, the edifice, to be the size of a city bus, will be indestructible to the climate crisis and people will survive.

At some point, their creators hope, the black box will tell future civilisations how humanity caused the climate crisis, and how we did not master it, or did succeed in doing so.

“The box will act as an indestructible and independent ledger of the “health” Jonathan Kneebone, artist and director of Glue Society, the art collective that participates in the project, told CNN.

Although design will not be completed until next year, hard drives have already started recording algorithm-based results and discussions since the COP26 greenhouse gas agreement was held in Glasgow, Scotland, in November.

THE Earth ”s Black Box will record every step we take toward this catastrophe,’ s creators, including researchers from the University of Tasmania and marketing communications firm Clemenger BBDO.

Visitors can also connect wirelessly to the box, installed in a remote location between Strahan and Queenstown in Tasmania.

University of Tasmania

The University of Tasmania is a public research university, primarily located in Tasmania, Australia. Founded in 1890, it is Australia’s fourth oldest university. Christ College, (wikipedia)


Tasmania to the south of the Australian mainland, separated from it by Bass Strait. The state encompasses the main island of Tasmania, the 26th-largest island in the world, (wikipedia)

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Rufus Black

Rufus Edward Ries Black is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania. (wikipedia)

Rosetta Stone

Granodiorite stele discovered in 1799 which is inscribed with three versions of a decree issued in Memphis, Egypt in 196 BC during the Ptolemaic dynasty on behalf of King Ptolemy V Epiphanes (wikipedia)