Klepserra

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This piece features hands denoting Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, and Months. Each hand informs the next; as the Second hand completes a circuit, the Minute hand inches toward its next mark, and so on up the chain.



While innocuously slow, the Month hand's quiet arc accurately describes the earth's journey through a calendar year; each day, hour, minute; each and every second taken into account.



As the Month hand reaches the top of the clock, the Year hand approaches its next mark.



The Year hand, at 0, represents the day an IPCC report was released that states that we, as a species, have 12 years to limit the effects of climate change. As with the other hands, it is constantly, imperceptivity, moving.

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The Klepserra is named for the klepsydra,

a precusor to the modern clock.

Etymology: Klep (to steal), Terra (the earth)

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The evidence of climate change has grown exponentially since it became news over 30 years ago. Storms, floods, and fires happen across the globe with growing frequency and ferocity. Even deniers are melting in the face of scientific consensus.



As for having 12 years - the reality is probably far fewer. There is no overnight fix, and any action we take needs to happen sooner rather than later.



The Klepserra demonstrates that even at its longest measures time flows faster than you think. As you read this each hand on the clock will have shifted, and as I write this over a year has passed since the initial report.

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What can I do?

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Honestly? Your best.


Walking more, eating less meat, using public transport and keeping tabs on your power: all strong health and finance advice even without the greater implications.


On a larger scale, there are grassroots groups everywhere; a few minutes of searching will uncover a wealth of options. Reach out to a local charity, share questions with activists. When elections roll around look for green policies, and vote tactically when needed.



But mostly, don't despair.



There's such a thing as a "Perfect Solution fallacy"; a black and white reasoning that there's no point undertaking a task if some part of the problem might persist. We can feel small and hopeless alone but our actions cascade outwards. When you contribute, others take note, and are more likely to do the same. It's clear the momentum is already rising.



That's the other lesson of the Klepserra; The year hand doesn't move alone.

Each and every second is taken into account.

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Can I Help?



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We genuinely value feedback and would love to hear any ideas or critisisms you have for this website.

Beyond that, if this site motivates within you some green urge, go act on it.



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An isolated, explorable Klepserra can be found at klepserra.com/solo

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The Second, Minute, and Hour hands are recognisable to anyone familiar with an analogue clock; where the second hand takes 1 minute to circle the clock, the Minute hand takes one hour.
The Hour hand takes 12 hours to circle and will complete its trip twice in a day, representing Ante-Meridiem and Post-Meridiem (before and after midday).
Each hand has the first letter of its name built into its design.

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Around the clock are several dots representing the days in the current month; when the Day hand points at a dot it is midnight of that day - it takes one calendar month to complete its cycle. The Day hand is modelled after the Moon; the lunar orbit is 27 days meaning this hand takes slightly longer to complete its journey than our closest celestial neighbour.

The Month hand shows our progression through each calendar month, with the marks usually reserved for hours also representing the first day of each of the 12 months. While Months are named after the Moon, the Month hand is modelled after the Sun, around which we take 12 months to orbit.

Where Month hand takes 1 year to complete its circle, the Year hand will take 12 years, and will not reach the top of the clock until October 8th, 2030. The hour marks here represent the anniversary of the IPCC report, while smaller marks also show New Year's Eve of each year. The Year hand's simple design and deep red colour is similar to that of a pressure gague, stopwatch, or thermometer.

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