Kurtis Baute calls himself an “extravagant scientist”, and perhaps this clarifies the reason for his unusual experiment. The man locked himself in a small airtight plastic tent with 200 plants to see if they could turn carbon dioxide into enough oxygen quickly to keep himself alive.
Kurtis Baute sealed himself in a 3 meter by 3 “plastic bubble” in the courtyard of his brother’s home in British Columbia, Canada. The goal was to find out if by surrounding themselves with plants, they were able to convert a sufficient amount of CO2 in oxygen to allow him to survive in the sealed enclosure for at least three days.
Unfortunately, the experiment did not have the desired success, and he had to stop the experiment after only 15 hours, since the CO2 levels had already reached a dangerous level and the man was in danger of suffering brain damage or even falling into coma. Apparently, the cloudy sky prevented plants from receiving all the sunlight they needed for photosynthesis, so they could not recycle CO2 fast enough.
But Baute defined the experience as “huge success” because its main goal was actually to highlight the devastating effects of climate change and CO2 emissions. “The absurd thing about my experiment is that some of the values that pushed me to stop the experiment are things faced every day by many people on this planet. Everyone deserves clean air, but not everyone has it,” he wrote.