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.
Drawn: July 2010
Cartoon reference number: car710
Bizarre clothing cartoon
One size fits all
Surreal hats cartoon
Two people wearing hats. The hats are both the same size, but are so huge that they fit both people.
A cartoon about shopping, surrealism, fashion, hats, body sizes, clothes sizes, absurdity.
Cartoon reference number: hat710
Transport policy cartoon
Infrastructure priorities cartoon
An illustration showing how transport and traffic policies can sometimes take priority over social issues such as housing policy.
The convenience for the motorist is seen as paramount – to the detriment of other considerations such as the environment and the social structure.
A road widening scheme demolishing a house. The inhabitants are evicted. A sign apologises to motorists for any inconvenience or delay in their journey.
A cartoon about traffic, road building, transport infrastructure, urban and rural environmental degradation, housing blight, road widening, traffic increase, cars, demolition.
Cartoon reference number: tra710
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
Cartoon reference number: env250
Endangered species list cartoon
There are two ways to get off the endangered species list – become more common or become extinct
A cartoon about extinction, habitat depletion, wildlife in danger, conservation, scarcity
Original version created: 1991
Cartoon reference number: env240
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
Santa’s grotto cartoon
Santa in a shopping mall tempting a child with a gift. The child’s mother saying ‘Get thee behind me, Santa!’
The cartoon uses the Biblical phrase “Get thee behind me Satan” (used by Christ when tempted by the devil) and transforms it into the words used by a mother when her child is tempted by Santa.
The cartoon is a comment about commercialisation and consumerism and has no religious significance (as I’m an atheist)
A Christmas cartoon about temptation, pester power, shopping malls, shopping.
A version of this cartoon was published in Private Eye, Christmas 2012
Cartoon reference number: xms010
Ethical investments cartoon
Piggy bank with halo (and ‘ethical investment‘ written on its side)
Cartoon showing coins dropping into a piggy bank
An illustration about ethics, ethical consumers, morals, ethical savings, finance, money, economy, economics
Cartoon drawn: 2011
Cartoon reference: eco008
Food supply cartoon
Supermarket food replacing homegrown or locally sourced produce
Woman picking organic apples from a tree in the garden, with man buying fruit in supermarket
A cartoon about organic food, home grown fruit, supermarkets, shopping
Cartoon reference number: env113
Imported food cartoon
Locally sourced food
Food unnecessarily imported when it can be grown locally.
A cartoon about air miles, food miles, locally sourced produce, seasonal vegetables, environmental impact.
Cartoon reference number: fod007
From my selection of environment cartoons
How pesticide increases apple crop yield
A cartoon about using toxic agricultural chemicals for pest control
In this cartoon the pests being controlled are generally young children who steal the fruit from the trees.
Crop yield is increased by deterring people from stealing the apples off the tree (scrumping).
The cartoon is partly inspired by the book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Cartoon reference number: env117
Genetically modified food cartoon
A cartoon about the genetic modification of food, gmo, Frankenstein foods, genetic engineering, hybridisation, pest resistant, resistance
A lettuce modified to make it resistance to attack by rabbits – by hybridising it with the venus flytrap to give it rabbit-eating leaves
Cartoon reference number: env114
Genetic modification cartoon
Genetically modified peas – where the cellulose of the pea pod is modified to form plastic packaging.
Plastics produced from plants are known as bio-plastics.
An illustration about gmo, gene modification
Original version drawn: 1999
Cartoon reference: env116
Environmental cartoon about deforestation
Lumberjacks observing environmental destruction after felling trees
One of the lumberjacks is saying to the other lumberjack “It’s only now that we’ve chopped down all of the trees that we can see the damage we’ve done”
An alternative caption may be “You can’t see the wood for the lack of trees.”
The point of the cartoon is that you can’t appreciate the environmental damage you’re doing until you’ve done it.
A cartoon about forest clearance, rainforests, habitat destruction, logging
Cartoon reference number: env080
Forest clearance cartoon
Loggers discovering new species as they advance into the forest, thus claiming that they are increasing the number of species on earth rather than depleting them
A cartoon about species depletion, statistics, statistical manipulation, deforestation, extinction, logging, land acquisition
Cartoon reference number: env081
Greenpeace cartoon – Greenpeace taking direct action to save the rainforest
Cartoon showing a Greenpeace inflatable boat buzzing a bulldozer that is bulldozing and destroying the rainforest, just as Greenpeace famously buzz the whaling ships
A cartoon about direct action in environmental campaigning.
An illustration about forest clearance, logging, tree felling
Cartoon drawn: 1991
Cartoon reference number: env083
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
Resource wars cartoon
Wars over water supply cartoon
Water Wars cartoon
This cartoon was first drawn in 2003.
Conflicts over scarce natural resources now threaten the stability of many parts of the world.
These conflicts may escalate into full scale resource wars in the future.
At the moment (2012) the only country that seems to be planning ahead on the matter of resource acquisition is China (as described in the book Winner Takes All – China’s Race For Resources and What It Means For Us by Dambisa Moyo)
Cartoon showing a reservoir with a dam with a gun emplacement built into it
The gun is to defend the water supply as conflicts develop over the sharing and appropriation of water, especially concerning the blocking of rivers as they flow from one country to another
Cartoon reference number: env074
Environmental pollution cartoons
Pollution by agricultural chemicals
Agrochemicals polluting the water supply
The cartoon shows a countryside scene with an old village pump outside a quaint cottage. However, agricultural practice in the local farmland has allowed toxic chemicals to seep into the aquifer and pollute the spring water, making the water supply undrinkable
The cartoon is inspired by the book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson.
A cartoon about pesticide, herbicide, ddt, agrochemicals, pollution,
Cartoon reference number: env075
For a colour version of this cartoon click here:
Bottled water cartoon
Bottled water cartoon
Water supply in the developing world cartoon
A person in the developing world sometimes has to carry water for very long distances. Meanwhile, in the west, bottled water is sometimes transported internationally before it’s consumed
A cartoon about the wastefulness of aspects of the western consumer lifestyle.
A cartoon about over consumption, decadence, bottled spring water
Cartoon reference number: env073
Environment cartoons – irrigation by diverting rivers cartoon
Water resources cartoon
Agricultural irrigation cartoon
Cartoon: a large scale commercial irrigation system monopolising the water supply from a river so that none is available to small farmers
An illustration about development, irrigation, land use, sharing resources, water wars, agribusiness, subsistence farming, ecology, environmental issues, drought, water supply, dams, damming rivers
Cartoon reference number: env072
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
Environmental issues cartoon or illustration
Carbon footprint cartoon
A cartoon about atmospheric pollution, industrial toxic emissions, smokestack industries
Smoke from a factory chimney forming into the shape of carbon footprints
A similar cartoon is available here:
Carbon footprint cartoon
Cartoon reference number: env234
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