A campaign to raise public awareness about climate change is staging a fun, interactive exhibition on a train that will travel 7,000 kilometers and stop in 19 French cities from October 6-25. Climb on board with the AXA Research Fund and AXA Prevention to discover practical solutions for transitioning to a low-carbon economy.
Organized in the run-up to COP21 - the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference - to be held in Paris, the Climate Train is an exceptional event initiated by SNCF, France's national railway company, and a group of researchers from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in partnership with AXA. Three teams of about 12 researchers each, known as the "Climate Messengers", will host the exhibition in the 350-meter-long train, inviting visitors to take ownership of the challenges brought on by climate change.
Fun, educational and interactive
The exhibition will occupy three cars in a specific order to enhance the educational experience. The first car is dedicated to fundamentals of Earth's climate, the second discusses associated risks, and the third offers solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Games, experiments and challenges throughout the exhibition make it an interactive learning experience for visitors.
Events will be organized in the cities on the train's itinerary, and each stop will provide an opportunity to dedicate the day to climate issues. For example, Lyon, Annecy and Paris have prepared climate-related activities so visitors can prolong the experience outside the train.
The "AXA and the Climate" car dedicated to research and prevention
AXA Prevention, a not-for-profit organization working to encourage responsible behaviors in response to everyday risks, and the AXA Research Fund, which supports research to understand and address existing and emerging risks, naturally joined in the Climate Train project. Their "AXA and the Climate" car will focus on risk prevention and the importance of research, two major pillars of AXA's position on climate change.
AXA Prevention will offer visitors awareness-building tools, including an emergency survival kit and a guide on preparing for and protecting yourself from severe weather. The AXA Research Fund will present a few of the fundamental research projects it supports in the field of climate risks. Six were highlighted in a special publication produced with French magazine Science & Avenir, informing the public about deforestation, coastal floods and overconsumption of energy in cities.
The Climate Train was inaugurated at the Gare de Lyon train station in Paris on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. Guillaume Pepy, Chairman of SNCF, Ségolène Royal, French Minister of Ecology, and Thierry Mandon, French Junior Minister for Higher Education and Research, were present. On this occasion, Delphine Maisonneuve, Directeur Métier IARD Particuliers et Professionnels at AXA France and Céline Soubranne, Secrétaire générale of AXA Prévention underscored the importance of this partnership for the AXA Group.