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Graphic Series: Earthly Ideas, Obama and COP 15
Andy Lubershane, 15 Sep 09

This week's cartoon features a special message to US President Barack Obama from the Earth. As we noted in this 2008 post, "COP-15 is almost certainly going to be a watershed moment" for the climate change movement. As we've written before, the best thing President Obama can do to make the UN Climate Conference in December a success is to show up in person.

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Editor's note: This post is part of a series featuring Worldchanging ally Andy Lubershane's original graphics. While many of the issues covered in the comics have been discussed on Worldchanging in the past, we hope that you'll be able to use this new medium in a different way … whether it's in your classroom, on your office wall, or to help explain ideas to friends and family.

Andy Lubershane researches writes and cartoons about sustainability from his home in Ann Arbor, MI. He is currently pursuing a master's degree at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment. Check out more of his illustrations here.

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They're wonderful cartoons that convey important messages clearly and with minimal effort on the part of the viewer. Moreover, their gentle humour largely avoids the zealous preachiness of much environmental advocacy; the kind of over-enthusiastic seriousness that (I suspect) turns off the not-already converted. My guess is people will respond more positively to Andy's good-humoured and informative approach than to brow-beating.

I wish Andy would include links to some of the information he presents, though. Sure, it's possible to hunt around for it, but why not have it right there for the viewer to follow up? Just a thought...

Posted by: pohanginapete on 16 Sep 09

I think we are getting closer every day to a world where sustainability is valued by all. Improvements in green development (stunning ecofriendly manses), technology and farming are making ecofriendly living much more enjoyable, even for discriminating individuals who used to turn their noses up at green goods like clothing or housing.

Posted by: Kalia on 20 Sep 09

In fact, we're going backwards: we face the risk of having an agreement even worse than Kyoto. See

Posted by: Ricardo Coelho on 13 Oct 09

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