Environmental cartoon. Global warming cartoon showing polar bear and penguins marching to protest against global warming and the shrinking ice caps.
One of the humorous points about this cartoon is that polar bears and penguins live at opposite poles (penguins in the Antarctic and polar bears in the Arctic), and thus never meet in normal circumstances (apart from in cartoons). In this cartoon the fact that they are in the same cartoon is meant to convey the notion of solidarity and of the whole world mobilising to fight climate change.
A cartoon about shrinking ice caps, shrinking polar caps, climate change, global warming.
Cartoon reference number: a021a
A narrower version of this cartoon (with fewer penguins) can be found here.
Carbon offsetting cartoon and rewinding cartoon
The commercialisation of ethical activities
A cartoon about planting trees to offset carbon use as a commercial enterprise. The cartoon is about the privatisation and exploitation of environmentally directed enterprises.
It is also about rewilding, the practice of returning the environment to a pre-agricultural semi-wild and natural state.
A cartoon about carbon footprints, carbon trading, carbon offsetting, rewilding, wilding, planting trees
Original version of cartoon drawn: 2004
Cartoon reference number: env2309b
A proposal to use an ark (like Noah’s ark) to rescue animals from floods caused by climate change
Climate change predicts rising sea levels that could cause catastrophic flooding
If climate change causes floods on biblical proportions is Noah’s ark the solution?
Cartoon drawn: 2007
Cartoon reference number: env078
Global warming cartoon
Global warming graph in the form of Hokusai’s Great Wave
This climate change cartoon uses Hokusai’s Great Wave to illustrate the effects of global warming – particularly the effects on the change in the sea level and the weather
The Great Wave by Hokusai is frequently appropriated by cartoonists, often to represent disasters.
In this cartoon Hokusai’s wave shows the ultimate effects of global warming. The gradual, almost unnoticed, increase in the effects of climate change slowly accumulate, with ultimate devastating effect. The effects are only taken seriously too late, by which time the effects cause environmental disaster (not necessarily only flooding or tsunamis, which here are actually metaphors for wider consequences)
Cartoon reference number: env079
Climate change cartoons
Climate change may cause serious floods. The cartoon shows an official from a government environment agency procrastinating over doing anything about it, with the words “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it”. When the inevitable flood actually arrives the bridge is uncrossable due to the flood
An environmental cartoon about procrastination, short-termism, planning, contingency plans
Cartoon reference number: env076
Carbon footprint cartoon
The US delegate at a climate change conference, Uncle Sam, wearing huge clown shoes, saying ‘No one will take me seriously in these shoes’
A cartoon about international conferences on environmental issues, and about the fact that (at the moment) the west uses most of the world’s resources and thus can’t really dictate to the developing world
Cartoon reference number: env001
Carbon footprint represented as carbon tyre tracks
Ecology cartoon about carbon footprints
A cartoon about, among other environmental issues, desertification, environmental degradation, sustainability
Cartoon showing the footprints of the western world represented as tyre tracks. The vehicle that’s created them has knocked over a person from the developing world, who’s carbon footprints are relatively insignificant
Cartoon reference number: env121
A climate change cartoon from my selection of environment cartoons
In denial over global warming
A cartoon depicting a person who is burying his head in the sand over climate change and global warming. The sand is the result of the advancing or spreading desert or desertification.
Cartoon reference number: env008
Cartoon of carbon footprints going over a cliff
An environment illustration showing the human race’s lemming like tendency
Note: lemmings don’t actually do this – it’s a myth
A cartoon about environmental suicide, approaching the ecological abyss, reaching the precipice
Cartoon reference: env009
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.
Cartoon reference number: env002
Air travel’s environmental impact cartoon or illustration
Climate change and aviation cartoon
Cartoon about the impact of aviation on the environment
A single transatlantic flight contributes as much to global warming as a typical year of driving a car
A cartoon about aircraft, climate change, con trails, air miles, carbon footprints
Cartoon reference number: env045
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
Cartoon drawn: 2011
Cartoon reference number: env077
Global warming cartoon
A man and a penguin on a shrinking ice flow, worrying about the shrinking polar ice caps
The man is thinking “We’re on thin ice here!”
A cartoon about shrinking ice caps, penguins, climate change, icebergs, environmental impact, rising sea levels
Cartoon reference number: env010
A cartoon from my selection of environmental cartoons
Carbon footprint cartoon
China’s carbon footprint cartoon
Editorial cartoon or illustration on the reason why China has a large carbon footprint – because it manufactures goods for the west
A cartoon about manufacturing in China, imports, experts, trade, pollution, consumerism, the consumer society, manufacturing, carbon credits
Cartoon reference number: env065
A possible problem with progress – cartoon
The human race ignoring the warning signs and recklessly carrying on and thus driving itself over the precipice and into the abyss – even though the warning signs are plain to see
Cartoon reference number: env051
An environmental cartoon about desertification
An advancing desert as a result of climate change
A cartoon showing a building that housed a campaign against global warming, with the building now being overtaken by a desert, showing the advancing desert and the failure of the campaign
Cartoon reference number: env012
Climate change denial cartoon
A cartoon about global warming statistics and their use in denying the existence of anthropogenic climate change
Parts of the media, and some scientists, insist that climate change isn’t happening, despite the evidence (depicted as desert at the North Pole)
Cartoon reference number: env003