Artists against the climate crisis
On March 19, the world will come together for the next Global Climate Strike. This will be the 5th strike organized by the Fridays for Future movement, which was set in motion by student Greta Thunberg in 2019 as a way to put pressure on governments to make change.
With public events prohibited in most places, it’s hard to know how you can get involved this year. That’s where we’d like to help. We asked artists from around the world to design a poster that shares the key message they’d like to communicate if they were able to march and protest. They’re yours to keep. Whether you want to proudly hang one in your window or post it on your social feed, download the one that speaks to you and join the fight.
Because there’s no planet B.
American artist Anisa Makhoul’s work centers on the beauty of the everyday world around her.
“A few years ago, the glass factory across the street from my son’s preschool was found to have bypassed the air filters they were supposed to put on their chimney. A huge amount of lead was found in the air around the factory, and even in my son’s playground. Looking back, my son and I couldn’t remember a time when we had felt so generally unwell. The glass company only fixed the problem because they got caught. Factories are our biggest polluters, and we need more innovative ways of doing things so we can all be healthy.”
Colombian illustrator Daniel Liévano plays with reality in his cleverly abstract works.
“The thing I like about using abstraction is that you can appreciate the composition as a whole in no time, all at once, without compromising the message. Just using color itself you can transmit genuine emotions. Earth is passing through a degradation, literally, so I took that as something I could mirror with a simple concept. I hope it’ll remind us to take action.”
Karabo Poppy’s bold creative style is unmissable, and she first developed it by focusing on her immediate surroundings in South Africa.
“I was inspired to create a poster specifically addressing the effect of Global Warming on the African continent. There are photographs that show how the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya has rapidly deteriorated and melted. I felt this sudden urge to embrace the Earth and almost reassure her that her cries don’t fall on deaf ears, that many are banding together to reverse this devastation, because there is no planet after this one.”
Walid Bukhari is a US-based typography wizard who cleverly weaves his messages into images.