There's a new project on the horizon and it has already some cool material within little more than a week - such commitment 👏
Read below to find out how you can become as stylish as a decorator crab, why scientists and communicators need to learn to connect to their emotions and how a proud community in the Southeast side of Chicago is standing up against big polluters!
We hope you've had a relaxing weekend - don't forget that self care is climate action 💜💚 Healthy climate and social justice warriors have the strength to change the world, so love yourself as you love your planet 🌏🌎🌍
Stay safe and please don't forget to wear a mask (and throw it away once you're done with it) 😷
Under the motto "Nature is circular, why aren't we?", a small team has formed to work on a card game for children to encourage reusing, reducing and upcycling. Each card will have two sides - one with an example of how Nature is circular, the other with an idea of what we can learn from that example and apply it to our every-day lives. The game will be available online and as a print out version that children can colour in. How do you like our decorator-crab inspired instructions to repurpose old t-shirts into bags? 🛍️ 🦀
If you'd like to contribute to this project, please reach out to Angela!
Team Members: Pieter Vanrdomme, Sarah Schwesig and Dilara Arslan
Team Meeting: Whenever there is time
The Climate Dictionary project team is figuring out its art style and structure - basically, they want different word categories such as "This Not That" (e.g. ecocide not biodiversity loss), "Environmental Justice" (e.g. intersectionality) or "Creating a desirable Future" (e.g. symbiocene) with their own distinct colours and style.
The team will launch its Instagram account in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled! 👀
If you'd like to contribute to this project, please reach out to Dilara!
This week, we watched a video by a DFC favourite amongst climate influencers, the Intersectional Environmentalist, which "illuminates the diverse histories within the environmental movement that are often overlooked, watered-down, or entirely erased". Some in our team found the illustrations a bit too much and felt a little motion sickness but we loved the colours and art style in general! The video gives a good overview of the history behind the term and its context which we all appreciated.
A couple of people in our network were, however, not familiar with the term intersectionality - as you cannot really communicate the Climate Crisis without understanding its link to colonialism and the struggle of the BIPOC community, we will need to give these topics more space in our internal discussions. This has also been a strong motivation for our Climate Dictionary team to continue with their project and start creating and publishing real content within the next two weeks!
One of our core values from the very beginning and on which we have built much of philosophy and project ideas is that we need to be aware of "how the human mind is guided by both feelings and rationality" and the need to "bridge the gap between facts and feelings by making the topic emotionally relevant to people." We were delighted to read this article by scientist Kimberly Nicholas on how she has come to understand that the Climate Crisis is also an emotional crisis and needs to be treated as such.
Meet four inspiring activists of colour who are fighting for environmental justice! 🌈 "Environmental racism is used by activists to describe how countries in the global south are more likely to experience the impacts of climate change, despite the fact that wealthy countries are responsible for the majority of global CO2 emissions"