Why Tools Help

Carbon emissions, local air pollution and many environmental challenges are very real.  But they're also invisible. 

How do you get people to suddenly 'get it'?  We have created some simple 'tools' that can be used by any organisation to inform and engage. This includes for:

  • Public engagement campaigns
  • Policy presentations 
  • Fundraising communications 
  • Showing achievements and target setting

We can use and adapt these tools for bespoke projects such as refining the images, adding specific context material, applying within wider communications project. 

Please feel free to use the tools below, share them and also give us feedback on how they are helping with your engagement projects.

Real World Visuals provided the visual interface for the Ireland 2050 web-tool, part of an educational project developed and coordinated by The Energy Institute in Ireland.  The web-tool allows anyone to access and explore different future electricity and energy supply and demand options for the country. 

Real World Visuals provided the visual interface for the Ireland 2050 web-tool, part of an educational project developed and coordinated by The Energy Institute in Ireland.  The web-tool allows anyone to access and explore different future electricity and energy supply and demand options for the country. 


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Emissions in Real Time

We believe that tools showing real-time emissions will engage people who would otherwise be uninterested in the subject.  We have created this tool that enables any annual carbon dioxide quantity to be shown as a real-time quantity. This is a literally your blank canvas to produce a real world visual!

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Emissions Comparator 

Sometimes it is useful to visualise rates of emissions. This tool allows you to add up to two different emissions - simple quantities or rates. You can then see them together on a range of time scales (how much per second, per minute, per day or per year).

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Population Explorer

This tool can be easily adapted to show any population data, and we are actively looking for projects where dissemination to a non-specialist audience is important.  The tool can also be used to show animals, perhaps to help people understand species decline. Depending on the data set, this tool can help visualise different aspects of a whole range of information.

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Energy Converter

Energy is the resource we understand least. It is hard to develop a feel for how much energy we use, and how much we could save. We have developed a tool that expresses any quantity of energy in multiple different ways to help users transfer real-world insight between otherwise separate areas. For instance, the energy needed to drive 12.5 miles is the same as the electrical energy an average UK household uses in a day.

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