It’s time for more than one Eden
Eden Project that is. Cornwall’s Eden Project will create multiple versions of its groundbreaking biodomes in other countries to help promote more awareness of our effect on the environment.
Thu 10 Aug 2017
Over the next few years the Eden Project will open projects in China, Australia and New Zealand with more openings to be announced in the Middle East and North America. More Edens will also be built in the UK - one in Derry and one next to a motorway service station on the M5, which the project hopes will lead the way in the change over to electric vehicles.
The Eden Project in Cornwall opened in 2001 and has welcomed over 19 million people through its domed doors.
Co-Founder of the Eden Project Sir Tim Smit says, “Eden's mission is to explore our dependence on the natural world, to use that understanding to excite people into delivering transformation where they live and to ask really serious questions about what a great future might look like for all of us.
“We need to green the desert of our mind, we need to fertilise our imagination and we need to believe that the future remains ours to make.”
Image Eden Project plans for Qingdao and Yan'an
The spread of Edens on every continent (except Antarctica) won't just be copycat domes but will reflect their own locations and environmental challenges. They will focus on the most pressing regional issues like soil, water, food or biodiversity and will collaborate with local communities and conservation groups.
Three Edens will be built in China; Sheng Lu Vineyard in Beijing which will focus on reconnecting with nature. In the historic city of Yan'an (best known for the Terracotta Warriors) and will concentrate on theme of land and soil and also in Qingdao which will explore the importance of water on earth.
Edens in Hobart, Tasmania and Christchurch, New Zealand are also under development.
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