With the recent publicity surrounding
the end of the Mayan calendar and the Doomsday
predictions, For the Future to Find opens their
project with the launch of a new website asking
for people worldwide to join this historic, photographic
record of the people of 2012.
Glasgow, UK, 08/05/12
With many predictions and theories describing
the ‘end of the world’ on 21/12/12,
the For the Future to Find project is giving
people the chance to send a message to the future
by asking them to upload a picture of what matters
most to them and to add a few words. These words
and pictures will all be transferred to microfilm,
and then buried in a custom made time capsule
to be opened 250 years from now.
The project asks people to choose a picture of
something that matters to them such as family,
loved ones, favourite musician; a piece of art
or music, their first car, first home, the list
is endless. Then they can write a few words explaining
why it’s important to them.
Their images and descriptions are then used to
create PDFs which will be imported into a microfilm
processing machine. Each 16mm microfilm slide
will contain 4 scanned PDFs and each microfilm
reel will contain 500 slides. The microfilm reels
will then be sealed in a custom made time capsule
along with a simple glass viewer for the future
to find in 250 years. The project will be using
social media such as Facebook and Twitter to
interact with the people who join the project
and will be asking for their input and suggestions
on many decisions such as burial site, which
charities to support and what will be written
on the plaque for the time capsule.
The time capsule will be registered with
the International Time Capsule Society
in Atlanta to ensure the time capsule is
not forgotten about or lost. (Link)
The possibility of the world ending is
a real concern to many people worldwide.
A recent survey showed that one in ten
people worldwide believe the Mayan calendar
ending marks the end of the world (Ipsos
on behalf of Reuters news (Link)
For the Future to Find projects has a Martin
Luther King quote on their website which
they feel sums up their attitude to the
Doomsday predictions: “Even if I
knew that tomorrow the world would go to
pieces, I would still plant my apple tree”.
Founder of the project, Mary Gater commented “We
don’t know if the world is going
to end or not, but we’ve got faith
that we’ll still be here next year.
The project is all about having hope in
the future, that’s why we’re
leaving something for them to find.”
founded in May this year to allow people
over the world to join the project. The
website allows users to easily upload their
images and to stay connected to the project
using social media.