Incremental change is not enough if we want to limit temperature rises to 1.5°C, says the IPCC’s Working Group III, which includes UNSW sustainability expert Tommy Wiedmann.
The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released overnight, was delivered with a bleak warning: limiting temperature rises to 1.5°C is beyond reach without significantly reducing emissions immediately.
Building communities of action
Using the right combination of elements in the graphic design of climate change communication can not only help boost understanding and engagement with the issue but also build communities, Dr Green says.
“Graphic design language really has the power to unite or divide. So, graphic design needs to be careful to make sure it fosters communities based around the global good, using the right symbols, the right authority, and the right logos,” Dr Green says.
Dr Green says one area in particular graphic designers can use their skills is to help shape the narrative around how communities can take climate change action. With the public discussion around climate change now at a tipping point, Dr Green says it is time to help turn public willingness into tangible action.
“Climate change is so big and such a wicked problem that it’s common to think we can’t make an impact as an individual or as a small group,” Dr Green says.
“Graphic designers know how to make a message appeal, and we know how to persuade people through text and image compositions. What we now need is our leaders to stand up and decide on the tangible actions that need to be taken.
“One way forward is through activism, connecting with others to create a huge groundswell that can shift government thinking. That’s where graphic design can help people find, identify with, and feel inspired to join the groups with the kind of forward thinking and action our civilisation needs.”
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