During World War II, the WPA called upon artists to inspire U.S. citizens to change their habits, to work and consume differently, and to constantly place the war effort at the very forefront of their thoughts and actions. These now iconic images characterize a time in U.S. history when citizens collectively acknowledged that times were tough and they needed to pull together to make a difference.
Calling for design and messaging to once again mobilize citizens and industry, our allies at The Canary Project have created an art-based campaign intended to spread awareness and inspire action in response to climate change.
Yesterday, the Canary team publicly announced this latest project, called Green Patriot Posters. They will be accepting poster designs that illustrate strength, optimism and unity in the fight against climate change and drive for energy independence.
Poster entries can spread knowledge or encourage action: they could feature numbers like 350 or 80 percent by 2050, or could highlight scientists or prominent leaders making a difference in the movement. They could promote composting, the retooling of factories, or the retrofitting of houses. The possibilities are endless!
The Canary Project is accepting designs from anyone willing to take on the task, from designers at leading firms, to art students and all other passionate, creative thinkers. For more detail, to upload your design, or to view the posters that have been submitted so far (like the one above), please visit their site.
Using art to rally public support is not unique, but employing it to mobilize strong collective action to meet the challenges surrounding climate change is a welcome new development. Art is powerful, and can convey messages eloquently and quickly. If you have the will and the talent, this looks to be a great project to get involved with. You Can Do It!
Image credit: Rob Giampietro for Green Patriot Posters
I finally figured out why Americans feel they need to drive such large cars, vans, SUVs and pickup trucks.
How else are they going to haul around all that hubris?