A woman is spending 24 hours reclining in a ditch on the summit of a Welsh mountain to raise awareness about soil issues and climate change.
Aberystwyth artist Miranda Whall has excavated a two-foot-deep ditch in the Cambrian Mountains in Ceredigion and is live-streaming from the location, which is approximately 600 meters above sea level.
She began the experiment at 3 p.m. on Saturday and has run multiple continuous live broadcasts of herself in the ditch while reading numbers from sensors in the ground. According to the BBC, the sensors measure soil temperature and moisture.
Miranda shared details about her “24 hour performance” on her Facebook page, stating, “On the hour, every hour, for 24 hours.
Using a custom-made “talkie box,” I will endeavor to vocalize a live and continuous numerical data stream emitted by a newly installed sensor network.
The data stream will transmit soil moisture and temperature readings every fifteen minutes for a period of twenty-four hours.
She stated on BBC Radio Wales Breakfast, “I use humor to attract new audiences, but this is about the health of the soil, the soil ecosystem, and the relationship between microorganisms and plant life.
I am lying approximately 2 feet (0.6 meters) below the surface. It’s a beautiful location, and it’s warm, cozy, and out of the wind, but it’s not out of the rain. So I’m wearing a dry suit and multiple balaclavas.
It is deliberately dull, but the dullness of these numbers is profound because our lives and the lives of other species depend on them.
Miranda, a lecturer at Aberystwyth University, intends to live stream the ditch lie-in until 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, reaching the 24-hour mark. Here you can view live streams on her Facebook page.
She added, “When I awoke this morning, I wished it was an ordinary day, but my commitment is to the earth, so this is, if you will, a silent protest.”
This is my commitment to the earth and our need to change because I feel so strongly about the issues we face.
This initiative aims to enable non-scientists and broader audiences to participate in discussions about land management and climate change.
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