The whole idea of this project is 'encapsulated' in Dr Christopher Guillebaud's song (in the video to the left). Click here for words.

"We have not inherited the earth from our grandparents, we have borrowed it from our grandchildren" [Kashmiri proverb]

Please come to a reunion at Kew or Ness for our 25th Anniversary

Believe it or not, it’s now 25 years since the placement of the environment Time capsules in 1994 and everything we were worried about then is still a concern, only more so. We now only have one generation left for our dream, stated in the conclusion of both the ‘main’ Letters no. 1 and 2 (see here) to our grandchildren, to be made a reality: that the people of 2044 will dig up each of the Eco-timecapsules, in the UK or abroad, and wonder why we apologised!

The actual anniversary comes in June this year, on or about World Environment Day. All are welcome!

Details at links below.

At Kew Gardens on Wednesday June 5th, we plan to meet first in the Orangery at 1600, with hot or cold drinks and light refreshments on arrival.

At Ness Gardens on the Wirral we meet up in the Bulley Room on Saturday June 8th, for hot and cold drinks and light refreshments at 1400 for 1430.

The environment time capsule project is an initiative of Professor John Guillebaud (physician and environmentalist), and based on the above saying. With the support of leading personalities, including:

  • Environmentalist, David Bellamy
  • Renowned Actress, Susan Hampshire
  • Lord Mayor of Kew and Richmond
  • Director of Kew Gardens, Professor G. Prance

in 1994 time capsules were placed in Kew Gardens and other leafy locations around the world, to be opened on World Environment Day in June 2044, just 50 years (i.e. two generations) from the time they were originally buried.

What was the purpose of this project, and how will it contribute towards making the world an environmentally safer place for our descendants?

Follow the links and explore this site, especially The Promise which includes the best contributions from 1994 (pictures, letters, poems) by the children who will be around when the capsule is opened in 2044 (this date being chosen because it was two generations later, see the quote above).

Help us to make a decent, truly sustainable future a reality for our grandchildren - and for all the wild species in Nature that humankind so threatens....

Please also spare just 20 minutes to view John's TED lecture, and other highly relevant videos here. For more information, visit the website Population Matters, of which he is Patron - along with Sir David Attenborough, Dame Jane Goodall, Professor James Lovelock, Sir Jonathon Porritt and other prominent environmentalists.

See what we did on our anniversary on 5th June 2014

20th Anniversary

Also, John's article about family planning to minimise climate change in the British Medical Journal, May 2016