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]

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 below).

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