We have been extremely busy lately working on projects and writing funding proposals as well as welcoming new members to our team. We have a lot to catch you up on so let's go ✊
Our project teams are really making great strides, especially the Act For Climate and Emojis For Climate projects. And there is a brand new project on the horizon - the Climate Dictionary 🤩
If you are interested in joining or supporting any of our projects, please reach out to the project managers 🙌
We hope you had a nice and relaxing weekend! Enjoy your Sunday and catch up on current climate events with our recommended articles and our Lunch & Learn discussion below. Stay safe and please don't forget to wear a mask (and throw it away once you're done with it) 😷❤️
UPDATE ON PROJECTS
Act For Climate
The last few weeks have been very productive - not only has the team handed in its first project proposal, it has also created some really cool stop-motion videos to present certain aspects of the project. The website is also coming along nicely. Want a sneak-peak? Here are some snapshots - we hope you enjoy the beautiful design and feel inspired 🥰 If you'd like to contribute to this project, please reach out to Liz!
Team Members: Claire Chéry, Line de Carné, Pieter Vandromme
Team Meeting: Every Monday evening
The Climate Dictionary had its kick-off meeting two weeks ago! The team discussed which format the project should take and what its main focus should be. They are currently working on their brand identity and Minimum Viable Product and will have something to present to you soon!
If you'd like to contribute to this project, please reach out to Dilara!
Team Members: Claire Chéry, Pieter Vandromme, Sofia Elisabeth Ratzinger
The Data Sketchers have too many ideas and not enough hands - the team is desperately looking for illustrators! Please reach out to Line if you would like to help illustrate some of the most pressing issues of our time in an engaging and fresh style.
If you'd like to contribute to this project, please reach out to Line!
A few weeks ago, we discussed the biggest protest movement ever. We were deeply touched by what is happening in India and felt somewhat of the frustration the protesters must have and the feeling of being powerless in the face of big corporations and a corrupt government. In the context of Designers For Climate, we also explored the link between agriculture and the climate and the role of protesting in general. Yes, for societal change to happen, you need protests to create a political open but what then? How can social movements follow up on protests? We could, of course, not answer this question in an hour's discussion but it did make clear to us that we need to explore this, perhaps as part of the Act For Climate project. We would also like to start a new project, Farmers For Climate sometime in the future, only we currently don't have the capacity to do justice to such a wide and complex topic (do you think you could help us bring this project to life? Contact us!).
If you are interested in how we prepared for this Lunch & Learn session, check out these links:
Sources - India protests
India Times - What are new farm laws and and why farmers are protesting
The Nation Wide - What are Mandis and how does it strike balance between farmers and consumers?
The Third Pole - Climate crisis is foundation of Indian farmers’ protests
Further reading - the link between agriculture and the climate and how the EU needs to change its current policies
The Guardian - Europe must act on intensive farming to save wildlife, scientists say
Kontrast.at - Immer mehr Massentierhaltung und Billigfleisch – Falsche Agrarpolitik in Europa (the disparity between what the EU's alleged climate policy and their real agricultural policy)
INTERESTING READS AND OTHER CONTENT
Gates is making waves...
...but for all the wrong reasons. In his new book, he calls the US Green New Deal science denialism. And not only does his attitude towards collective climate action seem smug and out of touch, his book is also being criticised for referencing dated research. Unsurprisingly, people like Bill are against anyone challenging the status-quo they are profiting from. Not sure who needs to hear this, but billionaires will in fact not save the world!
Ok, we don't want you to end your well-deserved weekend feeling depressed and defeated so let's explore some inspiring ideas on what an ecological society could look like! And have you ever heard of something called solar-punk? And for some pop-culture inspiration, what can we learn from movies like Black Panther on how to harmonise culture, technology and nature preservation?