Sustainable energy and transport.
A wind powered car with a wind turbine on its roof.
A cartoon about the environment, sustainability, transport, alternative energy.
A cartoon showing people mining the earth’s mineral resources to an irresponsible extent.
The cartoon about the depletion of the earth’s resources – and the possible dire consequences.
The image shows the earth represented by a boat, with the people in the boat digging out so much of the earth’s minerals that they have made a hole in the bottom of the boat, meaning that it will sink. A cautionary image.
Ecological clothes drier – cartoon
Drying clothes on a washing line is the environment-friendly way to dry clothes
Sundial cartoon. A sundial is a solar powered clock
In the cartoon a person is looking at a sundial and is saying “It’s incredible that all those years ago they’d developed solar-powered clocks.”
The cartoon illustrated how in the modern world we assume everything has to be powered by a relatively modern form of power, such as electricity in the form of batteries or mains electricity. In the past everything was powered by “sustainable” or “natural” resources, such as solar power, the wind or water.
A cartoon about the history of clocks, horology
An environmental cartoon about mining the earth’s natural resources
The cartoon shows a boat in the form of a globe.
To power the boat the occupants (the human race) are digging the inside out of the boat (or in other words, digging the inside out of the planet by mining it).
The miners have dug so much out of the earth that they create a hole that threatens to sink the boat (or earth)
A cartoon about the over consumption of the earth’s mineral resources, mining, mineral exploitation and squandering fossil fuel supplies
Atmospheric pollution cartoon
A cartoon showing the earth or globe inside a car, with a tube connecting the car’s exhaust pipe to the inside of the car. The implication of the cartoon is that the earth is committing suicide by poisoning itself on vehicle exhaust fumes.
The wider implication of the image is that the world is suffocating due to the effects of multiple toxic emissions, pollutants and contaminants that are a by-product of the modern industrial society
Wind power cartoon
Are wind turbines a blot on the landscape?
A motorist on a crowded motorway complaining that wind turbines are eyesores.
A cartoon about renewable energy, electricity generation, road policy, sustainable development and sustainability.
A windmill/wind turbine – blot on landscape
A cartoon about the debate about wind power, and the argument that wind turbines are a blot on the landscape and a blight on the countryside
The cartoon uses the comparison between modern wind turbines and ‘picturesque’ Dutch windmills (or strictly speaking, wind powered pumps) to question whether wind turbines are a blot on the landscape.
The illustration is in a style that resembles a 17th century Dutch landscape painting, as a way to imply that people’s attitudes don’t change.
A cartoon about nimbys, nimbyism, alternative technology, sustainable energy, green power, environmentalism, natural energy
Gardening cartoon and self-sufficient power generation cartoon
Cartoon about sustainable power generation, featuring an Escher type use of false perspective to make water flow up hill in a garden pond or ‘water feature’.
Cartoon of a woman mowing a lawn with an electric lawn mower powered by a generator harnessing the power of flowing water in her garden pond.
She is saying “It’s amazing how much electricity you can generate with a small generator and a little bit of false perspective”
This is a recently redrawn version of a cartoon that I first drew about thirty years ago in the 1980s. It’s one of a series of cartoons that I drew at the time about sustainable technology – mostly employing absurdist ideas such as the impossible structure here that allows water to flow uphill (borrowed from the work of M C Escher). Other ideas in the series included perpetual motion machines and Heath Robinson devices.
A cartoon about sustainable energy, lawnmowers, garden ponds, garden water features, environmental gardening.
Cartoon about ecological clothes washing
To save energy and the environment it’s best not to wash clothes too hot
A humorous illustration about energy conservation
Solar energy cartoon -solar panels on an artificial sunflower
Showing a plant harnessing energy from the sun. The plant in the cartoon is artificial (a sunflower) and the energy it is obtaining is being used to drive a speaker which is producing the sound of birdsong.
A humorous illustration about alternative energy, sustainable energy, renewable energy sources, electricity generation.
Environmental cartoon showing a barbecue powered by wind power instead of using charcoal – as a way of reducing carbon emissions.
Bbq cartoon- how to reduce your barbecue’s carbon footprint.
A cartoon encouraging people to reduce their carbon emissions and carbon footprint by using a wind turbine attached to a barbie.
Environmental cartoon or illustration showing how to save energy by using energy efficient light bulbs and most importantly by using the OFF switch.
A cartoon encouraging people to save energy by turning lights off (rather than just by using low energy light bulbs).
A cartoon about fracking. Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing – a process in which water and sand are pumped at high pressure into rock strata, where the pressure fractures the rock, allowing the extraction of natural gas.
The gas that is extracted by fracking is gas that is otherwise trapped in the rock and is difficult to extract. The rock is often shale – therefore the gas trapped in it is known as shale gas.
The franking process is sometimes blamed for contamination of the water supply and for minor earthquakes in the vicinity of franking work.
The cartoon about fracking draws attention to the unfortunate sound of the word franking, which is not only harsh and sounds like the process that it represents (onomatopoeia), but it also sounds like an expletive and can easily be appropriated by its critics (such as in banners proclaiming “Stop this fracking business”). The word fracking becomes an F word.
Sustainable transport cartoon
Wind-powered cars being refuelled at wind turbines rather than petrol pumps
Fuel and energy cartoons
A cartoon about energy consumption, green energy, wind power, electricity generation, fossil fuels, alternative fuel supplies, transport, electric cars, battery powered vehicles
Energy saving poster in the style of a World War II poster, with a message saying “Put That Light Out!”
A poster design showing a house with lots of lights on and a message to turn the lights off. A pastiche of a WWII poster, where a similar message would be used to avoid buildings being visible to enemy bombers. Hence the connection between war and fighting to save the environment
A cartoon about energy consumption, insulation, green architecture, energy conservation, environmental degradation, unnecessary electricity use, excessive power use, green energy
Carbon footprint cartoon
The carbon footprint of the west compared to the carbon footprint of the developing world. The west’s is much bigger.
The carbon footprint of the developed world is shown as a huge boot print, while the carbon foot print of the developing world is shown as a tiny foot print (a bare footprint in fact). This is to illustrate the fact that the west has a much larger impact on carbon levels than the developing world.
A lumberjack with a chainsaw cutting down a tree, explaining that it’s okay because the chainsaw runs on biofuel. A cartoon that illustrates the way that biofuel is promoted and packaged as eco-friendly or environmentally friendly, when in fact it isn’t
A cartoon about tree felling, deforestation, chainsaws, biodiesel,alternative fuel sources,ecology, ecological sustainability, environmentally sustainable energy use.
Wind power cartoon
Energy supply cartoon
A motorist on a crowded motorway complaining that wind turbines are a blot on the landscape or are eyesores.
A cartoon about renewable energy, wind power, electricity generation, road policy,sustainable development, sustainability
See also this colour version of the same cartoon
Anthropogenic climate change cartoon or global warming cartoon
Cartoon illustrating the consequences of the fact that fossil fuel use may be responsible for flooding.
The cartoon shows a car stranded in a flood
A cartoon about sustainability, the environment, floods, transport
Recycling cooking oil as engine fuel
A fuel pump such as a petrol pump that resembles a cooking oil bottle
A cartoon about bio ethynol, ethanol, biodiesel, fossil fuel dependency, sustainability
Wind power cartoon
Sustainable energy cartoon
Cartoon or illustration showing Battersea coal fired power station converted to wind power generation by adding wind turbines to the chimneys
A cartoon or illustration about alternative energy supplies, fossil fuel dependency, natural energy, electricity supply, power generation, sustainability.
Electric cars cartoon
Sustainable energy cartoon
Electric cars filling with fuel at a filling station. Instead of a petrol pump there’s a small electricity pylon
A cartoon about the environment, ecology, transport systems, hybrid cars, oil-free economy, fossil fuel dependency, power supply, energy sources
Energy source cartoon
Unsustainable biofuel cartoon
The cartoon shows a car driving through a huge biofuel plantation, with the driver saying that the plantation is so large that the nearest filling station is an hour away at the other side
How much land is needed to grow biofuels?
A cartoon about sustainable energy, biodiesel, unsustainable land use, energy consumption, transport, environmental impact, petrol or gas substitutes
Unsustainable energy cartoon
A fuel tanker transporting unleaded petrol squashing a hedgehog on the road
A cartoon about sustainable energy, environmental impact, roadkill, gas, fuel supply
Cycle campaign cartoon
A car with a sticker saying “I use unleaded petrol” and a cyclist with a jacket reading “I don’t use unleaded petrol”
A cartoon of a car cutting up a cyclist
A cartoon about fuel, gas, petrol, diesel, transport, sustainability, sustainable energy, cycling, bicycles, bikes, urban cycling campaigns, city cycle lanes.
Wind turbine cartoon
A Wendy house fitted with a child’s windmill as a wind turbine to supply electricity and to convert the house to an eco-house
A cartoon about sustainability, electricity generation, power generation, alternative energy, sustainable development, fuel supply, environment friendly power, eco-friendly design, environmental architecture