Ecological clothes drier – cartoon
Drying clothes on a washing line is the environment-friendly way to dry clothes
Environment cartoon about profit from climate change
Showing business opportunities created by global warming.
The joke is based on the saying “It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good” (meaning that someone always benefits from any situation, including bad ones).
The cartoon is meant as a criticism of cynical profiteering from climate change – it’s not a criticism of pragmatic approaches to job creation as a result of climate change.
A dumpster as a lifeboat – cartoon or illustration
A cartoon showing a dumpster or rubbish skip used as a lifeboat or escape vessel by a family escaping from somewhere – probably from all of the waste generated by the consumer society
Flooding caused by global warming
Following the recent flooding on the Somerset Levels (February 2014), the government is blaming the Environment Agency for lack of foresight. However, it’s not just the Environment Agency who may be blamed for not seeing what was in store. Governments refuse to take action on global warming, and populations in general refuse to confront the possibility of climate change
A comment on postponing taking action about global warming, using the saying “We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it”. Unfortunately, due to flooding, the bridge can’t be crossed.
From my collection of cartoons about global warming, climate change, floods, anthropogenic weather
Cartoon about art gallery and museum mechandising and funding.
Which works of art would look good on fridge magnets?
Cartoon showing artworks being considered for use in merchandising
Cartoon showing a meeting of staff responsible for acquiring artworks in an art gallery considering which works of art to buy, including evaluating the commercial, marketing and merchandising potential of the works of art under consideration.
The cartoon’s caption reads:
“It may indeed be a pivotially significant example of early 18th century Flemish art, but as head of merchandising I have to ask ‘What would it look like on a fridge magnet?’”
It is a cartoon about the commercialisation and commodification of artworks such as paintings and of museum artefacts. The cartoon illustrates the problem of funding art galleries and museums, and the increased reliance on museum gift shops and cafes.
A cartoon about pollution of the oceans
Hermit crabs using old tin cans instead of mollusc shells
Pollution of the oceans causing habitat depletion and ecosystem damage
See an alternative version of this marine pollution cartoon here
A cartoon about marine pollution
A hermit crab using an old tin can instead of a shell
One of the ideas behind this cartoon is that pollution of the seas and oceans will cause depletion of life such as marine snails, making it necessary for hermit crabs to adapt to using discarded rubbish as protection.
The cartoon could also be interpreted as showing wildlife adapting to a changed ecosystem.
A cartoon about waste recycling, household waste, wildlife in danger.
See an alternative version of this cartoon here.
A comment on the proposed high speed rail service, HS2.
Inquiry into HS2 show different financial implications and differing conclusions about financial viability
The cartoon shows a government minister responsible for rail transport and trains looking at an inquiry report and thinking “My reputation’s on the line”
A cartoon about air pollution from my environmental cartoons selection
A cartoon showing pollutants in the form of polluting black smoke issuing from a factory chimney.
Global overpopulation cartoon
Population crisis or the overpopulation tsunami
An illustration about the crisis of overpopulation that is threatening the ecology of the planet
The world’s population is rising at an unsustainable rate, putting pressure on the earth’s resources and threatening its biosystem due to habitat loss
Population explosion cartoon
A cartoon about the fact that the rise in the human population is threatening the ecosystem of the earth.
The population is becoming increasingly unsustainable
Carbon footprint cartoon
An illustration about atmospheric pollution, industrial toxic emissions, smokestack industries
Smoke from a factory chimney forming into the shape of carbon footprints
A cartoon about environment-friendly materials.
A discarded polystyrene container talking to animals, saying that it likes nature so much that it’s decided to stay around for a long time.
An illustration about biodegradable packaging materials, litter, recycling, waste, consumerism, bio-decomposition, environmental impact
A comment on climate change
Some people think that rather than trying to prevent climate change and global warming we should treat climate change as inevitable and adapt to it.
I’ve been drawing cartoons about environmental issues since my student days.
I think my first one was a cartoon about the use of ambergris (extracted from sperm whales) in cosmetics. That was back in about 1970.
I’m still at it today.
Now I’ve started to combine drawing cartoons about the environment with a bit of practical work on the subject, managing my home at Lower Rosemorran on the hills in the west of Cornwall for the benefit of wildlife.
Click on the cartoon to see the rest of my environment cartoons.
Endangered species cartoon
A fish restaurant selling endangered species of fish
Over fishing is depleting fish stocks, with species such as cod and tuna being put on endangered species lists
A cartoon about food, resources, fishing quotas
Watering a flower that represents the earth
An illustration showing the earth in the form of a flower, being watered
A cartoon about caring for the planet and the environment
Environment cartoon – sustainable transport
An illustration showing a family on a tandem as an environmentally friendly method of transport
Bicycle cartoon or illustration
Environment cartoon – earth as a balloon
An illustration showing the earth as a passenger balloon, with people throwing consumer goods over the side in order to keep afloat.
The idea is that the human race needs to jettison its dependence on consumer goods.
The concept behind the illustration is a little similar to the ‘spaceship earth’ metaphor
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
Easter Island statue – a cartoon about hubris
A cartoon showing Easter Islanders erecting a statue
An illustration about the hubris of power. It brings to mind Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
One of my environment cartoons – showing a man devouring the earth
The cartoon shows the earth in space as a globe, being eaten by the gigantic man
The image is an illustration of the way that the human race is destroying the planet by over consumption and over population. Over population is implied by the giant size of a single human who is devouring the earth’s resources.
Cartoon about the use of ambergris and whale products in cosmetics
Save the whale cartoon
Ambergris, produced by sperm whales, is used in cosmetics
An illustration dealing with the cosmetics industry, whale hunting or endangered species
Illustration – a product bar code in the form of a city skyline or city scape
Cartoon showing a bar code in the shape of a city’s financial sector.
A metaphor for commerce and finance
Tree of knowledge cartoon
The tree of knowledge discovers where paper comes from.
Tree of knowledge discovers a disturbing truth.
This cartoon may be used as an environmental cartoon about the use of wood for the production of paper products.
It may also be used as an illustration concerning the human condition – about the way that people, through their own intelligence, have become aware of the ultimate fate of all of us, death. (a fate that other species of animal are possibly blissfully unaware in any deep way).
The cartoon is also about the way that human intelligence as well as bringing about awareness has brought us to the situation in which we are destroying the environment.
A cartoon about paper manufacturing, philosophical insight and the curse of self awareness
A cartoon about self-help books and over consumption
A cartoon of an overweight person trying to reach a self help manual about how to stop over consuming.
He can’t reach the book because he is too fat
This cartoon is about excessive consumption of all types – it depicts an obese person (an over consumer of food) to represent all types of over consumption. The point is that the obese person can’t reach the book because of his obesity.
The cartoon deals with the topics of consumerism, the consumer society, and addictive behaviour, amongst others
A cartoon about child development and shopping.
This joke was inspired by seeing children’s toys such as brightly coloured radios with words printed on them such as “My First Radio”
A humorous idea about nature or nurture, social attitudes, capitalism and social conditioning.
The expression “Born to shop” comes to mind
A cartoon about selective pesticide – butterfly and ladybird friendly insecticide
A joke about insecticide that kills only ugly insects
The cartoon has deeper meanings about how we judge things by appearance, by prejudice or by attractiveness.
It’s also about gardening and the aesthetic values that are deployed in the garden (such as in the selection of plants and flowers, not just in the selection of pests). However it’s also about the wider phenomenon of judging everything, including people, by appearance
Over consumption cartoon – or the dangers of the consumer society
A cartoon showing a person vomiting consumer goods, having consumed too many of them
Am illustration dealing with the consumer led market economy, the consumer lifestyle and materialism
A hunter trapping animals cartoon
Showing a hunter and a trap or snare set to capture a wild animal.
The trap which is baited with food, and a monkey is approaching it with a hook and line to get the food without setting off the trap.
However, the trap is a sham or decoy trap, and the monkey is trapped in another, real trap
A cartoon about hunting, hunters, trapping, trappers, animal intelligence, intelligent apes, snares, clever animals
An extinction cartoon – the reasons why creatures become extinct
A cartoon showing a reconstruction of an extinct animal, with scientists asking why the creature became extinct.
The creature had many features that would have made it very useful to prehistoric man – huge ivory tusks, luxurious fur and tender flesh. Obviously it was hunted to extinction by early hunters
A cartoon dealing with endangered species, palaeontology, fossils and hunter gatherers
An environmental cartoon about the fur trade and fur coats
A cartoon of an affluent fashionable woman buying a fur coat. The shop sign above the coat reads “Rare furs”
The shop assistant is saying “And getting rarer by the day, madam!”
The message of the cartoon is that some people are totally intellectually divorced or disconnected from the environmental and ecological impact of their actions, with economic and other factors such as social status taking precedence over environmental factors.
In this case the woman and the man are only interested in the status of the fur coat as a fashion item and as a status symbol – to the point that they are actually pleased that they are contributing to the endangered species status of the animal that provided the fur for the coat, as the rarer the animal the more valuable the coat becomes – an economic argument (of very dubious merit) rather than an ecological one
The Earth in an hourglass – environmental cartoon
The end of the world is nigh!
In the cartoon the earth is pouring through the hourglass, showing that time is running out for the world as a result of environmental pressures.
The metaphor of the hourglass is particularly relevant to the exploitation of the earth’s natural resources (such as minerals and fossil fuels that are mined), as it is these minerals that are slipping through the hourglass in the image
A cartoon about climate change, global warming and mineral resource depletion.
The original version of this cartoon was drawn in 1991 for my book “When Humans Roamed the Earth”.
See an alternative version of this cartoon
An environmental cartoon showing the Earth slipping through an hourglass like grains of sand
The earth is pouring through the hourglass like sand, showing that time is running out for the world as we know it, as a result of anthropogenic environmental degradation.
The metaphor of the hourglass is especially relevant to the over use of the earth’s natural resources such as minerals and fossil fuels that are obtained by mining, as it is these minerals that are slipping through the hourglass
An illustration about climate change, global warming, resource depletion and mineral use.
The image was first drawn in 1991
See an alternative version of this 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
Environment cartoon – environmental forecasting
A cartoon showing the earth or globe dropping off its mount and falling into a rubbish bin.
The globe is in the office of an organisation called “The Institute of Environmental Forecasting” (a fictitious organisation as far as I know)
This is a cartoon about predictions of the future of the world as a result of man-made or anthropogenic environmental changes such as global warming, climate change, resource depletion, species extinction, human population increase – the list goes on!
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
Climate change cartoon
An illustration showing the earth or globe as the bulb of a thermometer that is measuring the temperature rise caused by anthropogenic global warming.
The liquid in the thermometer is bursting out of the top, signifying the possible calamitous and disastrous outcome of global warming