Future Generations Commissioner Welcomes Welsh Space Mission

To celebrate 50 years since the Moon landing, Egni Co-op, a renewable energy co-operative in south Wales is going all out to raise awareness of Climate Chaos – and their new all-Wales solar share offer.

In a fun and thought-provoking project, artist-poet Emily Hinshelwood is building a sustainable space capsule, land it on the ‘moon’, and live-stream footage from NASA’s space station for one moon-day (28 earth days) – in Pontardawe Arts Centre’s gallery, Oriel Lliw.

During the Apollo Mission, astronauts reported that the most powerful experience wasn’t actually seeing the moon, but rather seeing the earth from a distance. Seeing our planet as a whole in Space, with its fragile atmosphere, led to a feeling of one-ness and has been termed the ‘overview effect’. “Now 50 years later” Emily says, “we need more than ever to see our world as a whole and to work together to build a sustainable future.”

Through this project, Emily aims to echo the message from Tim Peake who returned from space saying ‘it’s a very big black universe out there and when you see the earth and nothing but blackness you realise this is it, this is home  – we need to look after it’.https://twitter.com/lorraine/status/1151405447678763008

Emily is inviting people help build the capsule, attend the lift off and having arrived on the moon she will host creative workshops. These workshops will encourage people to think about Planet Earth as a whole and consider that in the vastness of the universe this home of ours as far as we know is the only place where life exists.  With the work produced, Emily will curate an exhibition called Message to the Universe.

Wales Future Generations Commissioner, Sophie Howe, says “It’s vital we raise awareness of climate change and look at new ways to focus on our future generations in Wales and worldwide. This is the only space project I’ve seen which focuses on sustainability, and is unique to Wales as part of World Space Week https://www.worldspaceweek.org/events/event-details/?eventID=26926. I’m encouraged that the project is also drawing attention to the Egni cooperative share offer which has already raised £500k and is aiming to be the biggest rollout of rooftop solar in Welsh history. This will save £8m in electricity costs for the sites over the next 30 years and 35,000 tonnes in carbon. And this will be the first low carbon space mission which I hope will inspire our young people to take better care of Earth. Nasa might learn a thing or two.”

Come along & take part in building the capsule and in Emily’s creative workshops and find out what happens when you look at home from 230,000 miles away.


Dates: All events are free

Building the Capsule:22ndSeptember – 4thOctober

Lift off!: 4thOctober 8pm

Creative Workshops:7th – 18thOctober

Exhibition – 18thOctober 6pm


Location: Pontardawe Arts Centre, Herbert Street, Pontardawe

Further information & Moon Blog: https://egni.coop/category/moon_landing/

For more information and if you’d like to help Emily build the capsule contact her

Supported by Egni Co-op installing the largest rollout of community solar energy ever in Wales. From now till March 2020. Join here: www.egni.coop



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