Creativity & the climate crisis


Here are some handy resources that I’ve discovered which talk about creativity and the climate crisis:

  • The Craftivist Collective is “an inclusive group of people committed to using thoughtful, beautiful crafted works to help themselves and encourage others be the positive change they wish to see in the world
  • Our Planet Week – Founded by Asia Orlando  An illustration challenge using what illustrators do best to create environmental awareness and start a movement that resonates each year.
  • Creative Conscience is a global movement and charitable organisation that inspires, trains and rewards to creativity for a fairer, healthier and more sustainable world through the power of creativity. They celebrate projects for good, here are a few which Chrissy Levett (Director/ Founder) has picked out.

Creativity Against the Climate Crisis This Fairtrade Fortnight Adjoa Andoh, Actor and Fairtrade Foundation Patron, and her guests discuss the role creative expression plays in climate activism.
  • Designing with Climate in Mind is a podcast, hosted by Head of Sustainability EAAA Jon Khoo, takes an in-depth look into the ever-evolving world of sustainable design.
  •  Colleen Makes, Eco Sassy Podcast asks the question – What if business was good for the planet? Not just “do no harm”, but instead “do most good”?
  • The Goods Podcast is all about documenting people’s journeys in doing good. Talking sustainability, marketing, activism, adventure, entrepreneurship and positive change – The Goods Podcast hosted by Joss Ford from Enviral gives you a dose of inspo through looking at people’s past & present, whilst looking at some predictions for the future.
  • Rob Hopkins – From What if to What is – The founder of the international Transition Towns movement asks why true creative, positive thinking is in decline, asserts that it’s more important now than ever, and suggests ways our communities can revive and reclaim it.
  • Ted Countdown A virtual event, streamed live on 10.10.2020, was the Global Launch of Countdown, a new initiative to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. Watch five curated sessions packed with more than 50 speakers, activists, actors and musicians, who share actionable and science-backed ideas, paired with moments of wonder, inspiration and optimism. Presented by TED and Future Stewards. In this, we can see how illustration and animation helps to simplify for our better understanding of complex issues.

How the creative industries can respond to the climate crisis D&AD Impact –  Representatives from Extinction Rebellion, LADBible, Pentagram discuss the role that the creative and advertising industries can play in the climate crisis, as well as the responsibility we have as an industry to promote viable solutions and work to change consumer behaviour for the better.
  • Hubbub An award winning environmental organisation running creative campaigns to encourage positive everyday actions for the environment.

The wider picture outside the world of illustration:
The Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. The SDGs were set up in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and are intended to be achieved by the year 2030.