We are depleting the earth’s mineral resources at our peril

depleting the earth's resources cartoon

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.

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Sundial cartoon. A sundial is a solar powered clock

sundial cartoon

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
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A cartoon about the exploitation of the earth’s resources

The earth as a boat - cartoon

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

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Pollution cartoon – the earth choking to death on car exhaust fumes

Toxic car exhaust fumes - cartoon

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

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Wind turbine cartoon

wind turbines cartoon - blot on the landscape compared to motorway?

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.

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Cartoon – questioning whether wind turbines are a blot on the landscape

windmill/wind turbine blot on landscape illustration

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

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False perspective in the garden cartoon – after M C Escher

Escher false perspective in the garden cartoon

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.

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Solar power cartoon – solar panels on an artificial sunflower

solar panels cartoon

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.

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Wind power cartoon – reduce carbon emissions by attaching a wind turbine to a barbecue

cartoon bbq powered by wind turbine

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.

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Fracking cartoon. What’s this fracking cartoon about?

cartoon about fracking

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.

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Sustainable transport cartoon. Wind-powered cars being refuelled at wind turbines

Environment cartoon.  Wind-powered cars being refuelled at wind turbines rather than petrol pumps.

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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
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Energy saving poster in the style of a World War II poster

Energy saving poster, showing a house with lots of lights on and message saying Put That Light Out!

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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
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Illustration. Carbon footprints of the west and the developing world compared

carbon footprints of developing and developed worlds compared - cartoon

Environment illustration
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.

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Environment cartoon. Cut down a tree with a chainsaw that uses biofuel?

biofuel chainsaw cartoon

Environment cartoon
Biofuel cartoon
Chainsaw cartoon

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.
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Wind power cartoon. Battersea coal fired power station converted to wind power

Alternative energy supply cartoon. Battersea coal fired power station converted to wind power

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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.
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Unsustainable biofuel cartoon. A plantation of biofuel plants

Biofuel cartoon. A huge plantation stretching for miles

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
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Environment cartoon. Cycling cartoon

Unleaded petrol cartoon. Cyclists don't use petrol

Environment cartoon
Cycling cartoon
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.
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Wendy house with wind turbine cartoon – converting a Wendy house into an eco-house

Wind turbine cartoon. A wendy house fitted with a wind turbine

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
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Environment cartoons: Energy efficient lightbulbs as a metaphor for good ideas

Environment cartoon. Energy efficient lightbulb as a metaphor for a good environmental idea

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Sustainable energy cartoon
Energy efficient lightbulb cartoon

A thought bubble containing a tungsten lightbulb to symbolise an idea, alongside a thought bubble containing an energy efficient lightbulb to symbolise an environmentally friendly idea
A cartoon to illustrate thinking about the environment

A lightbulb turning on in someone’s head as a metaphor for an idea
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