As it turns out, Baute’s experiment is not the first of our time. In the 1700s, a scientist placed two mice into separate glass jars -- one with plants, and one without. The plant-free mouse died quickly for lack of oxygen, while the other survived. Baute, who will have paramedics on-hand closely checking his vital signs as CO2 levels rise in his mini biome, will not die -- but he will do his best to convey the disastrous effects of increased carbon emissions on our air quality.
“If all goes well, we should stay very clear of any risk before it becomes bad for my health,” he says. “That’s the goal, but it’s hard to say what’ll really happen in there.”
While he remains trapped within the pseudo greenhouse, Baute will continue to produce YouTube videos offering helpful lessons on climate change and environmental awareness.
“I think issues like climate change will only change if enough people get on board with it and make fundamental changes to their lifestyles,” he explains, somewhat heroically.
He plans to last three days in his glass jar in the good name of science -- and probably more YouTube subscribers.