Air pollution cartoon

air pollution cartoon

Atmospheric pollution cartoon.

A cartoon about air pollution, showing a person breathing using an oxygen cylinder in which the oxygen is being produced by a tree.

The cartoon is about the importance of preserving trees, other plants and basically all of the natural world, if only for our own good (as in the image). Of course the natural world is important in its own right, with or without us in it!
Original version: 1991
This version: September 2019
Cartoon reference number: env071d

Environment cartoon book

Environmental cartoon book

The Beast That Ate the Earth
Environment cartoon book

Versions of many of the environmental cartoons on this site can be found in my book, The Beast That Ate the Earth.

I’ve been drawing cartoons on environmental matters since the early 1970s.
The book was published in 2004 and contains about a hundred cartoons in black and white.

The book is available through Amazon.
Such as at:
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The green man – cartoon

Cartoon - the green man (as a tree)

The green man.

The concept of the green man stretches back to antiquity, and is usually depicted as a head covered in leaves and foliage.
In this cartoon version, the green man is depicted as a tree, where the only evidence of a human link is the man’s legs protruding below the tree’s foliage and forming the tree trunk.

Concept: 2010

Cartoon reference number: a761

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A world in which there is no countryside, only city development

Cartoon - a city scene where the only evidence of nature is on a traffic island

An urban landscape with no trees or grass except on a traffic roundabout.

A person in a passing car is saying to their children “Look kids – the countryside!”
A cartoon about sprawling urban development, green spaces, the concrete jungle, nature being squeezed out, urbanisation, urbanization, city gardens,

 Drawn: 2016
Cartoon reference number: a760

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Air pollution cartoon

Air pollution cartoon

An environmental cartoon about air pollution

Showing a man using breathing apparatus to breathe fresh air in a polluted atmosphere. The oxygen cylinder contains a plant that is generating oxygen

Part of the idea behind the cartoon is to convey the concept that plants are the lungs of the world, liberating oxygen from carbon dioxide via photosynthesis.
A cartoon about clear air, atmospheric pollution and toxic chemicals, smoke and smog

Original version created: 1991

Cartoon reference number: env071b
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Tree of life cartoon – man shooting wildlife in the tree of life

tree of life cartoon - shooting

Man shooting animals and birds in the tree of life – cartoon

An illustration showing the tree of life, with a man standing on an uppermost branch killing all of the wildlife in the tree.
The bones of the creatures are scattered under the tree

This drawing was created with dip pen and ink on paper and then scanned into the computer. Colour washes and other modifications were added digitallly

Drawn: 1991

Cartoon reference number: a439

Green vote cartoon

green vote cartoon

An illustration or cartoon about the green vote

A cartoon about the vote for environmental political parties and parties that have an environmental agenda

The cartoon shows a leaf from a tree falling into a ballot box, representing the green vote.

An illustration about democracy, the green movement, the green party, elections, ballots, ballot boxes.

Cartoon reference number: a406

Easter Island statues cartoon. No trees on Easter Island

Easter island statues cartoon

Easter Island statues cartoon.
The are no trees on Easter Island

Easter Island (Rapa Nui) is famous for its statues known as moai.
Easter Island is often cited as a warning of the cultural and environmental dangers of overexploitation, as the people cut down all of the trees, making the land uninhabitable. There’s a chapter about it in the book “Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive” by Jared Diamond.

A cartoon about deforestation, resource depletion and over-exploitation.

Cartoon reference number: a362

Cartoon – seeing a nuclear bomb or a tree in a Rorschach test

rorschach test nuclear bomb cartoon

Cartoon – what we see in Rorschach tests or inkblot tests

Cartoon showing how people’s preoccupations change at different times in history

A person in the late 1960s seeing a nuclear bomb’s mushroom cloud in a Rorschach test – and a person in more recent times seeing a tree in the same Rorschach test

A cartoon about social, political and cultural preoccupations.
In the 1960s it was nuclear war, now it’s the environment.
A cartoon about environmentalism, green awareness, cnd, nuclear threat.
This cartoon first appeared in BBC Knowledge magazine.

Cartoon reference number: a334

House name cartoon. Turning Oak Cottage into Primrose Cottage

oak cottage - primrose cottage - joke

A cartoon about house names. Turning Oak Cottage into Primrose Cottage

Chopping down an oak tree in a garden means that the house name needs to be changed from Oak Cottage.

There’s a primrose in the garden, so the house name is changed to Primrose Cottage.
A humorous illustration about garden trees, felling trees, chopping down trees, garden flowers, wild flowers in the garden, natural gardens, tree stump in garden.
Cartoon reference number: a214

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Christmas gardening joke – a Christmas present for a gardener

gardening christmas present joke

Christmas gardening cartoon.

A cartoon showing a keen gardener receiving a Christmas present – a “grow-your-own” oak tree. In other words, an acorn.

A joke about men’s hobbies and pass-times, planting trees, re-establishing woodland, conservation, green Christmas presents.
Cartoon reference number: a206

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Tree of life logo

tree of life cartoon - being watered

Environmental illustration showing the tree of life being tended and watered by a person.

Artwork showing the tree of life being looked after by humans.
This is a positive image to encourage people to take care of the planet.
It’s a change from the environmental images which depict the human race destroying the environment.

An environmental cartoon about ecology, species interdependence, symbiosis, caring for the planet.
An image for earth day.

Cartoon reference number: a041
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Carbon offsetting cartoon and rewinding cartoon

Environment cartoon. Planting trees to offset carbon use

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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

Deforestation cartoon. Habitat depletion cartoon

Deforestation cartoon - lumberjacks observing environmental destruction

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


Deforestation cartoon. Forest clearance discovering new species as it advances

Deforestation cartoon. Discovering new species as they fell trees.

Forest clearance cartoon
Deforestation 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
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Deforestation cartoon. Greenpeace cartoon – direct action to save the rainforest

Greenpeace boat buzzing rainforest clearance bulldozer

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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

Ref: env083

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.
Cartoon reference number: env055

The Tree Of Knowledge Discovering What Paper is Made From

Cartoon: the tree of knowledge discovering that paper is made from wood

Cartoon: the tree of knowledge reading a book, and discovering that paper is made from trees
A cartoon about the saying ‘ignorance is bliss’

A cartoon about the acquisition of knowledge and its possible unsettling consequences

The cartoon can be interpreted as being about the fact that humans are aware of their own mortality due to their level of awareness
Cartoon reference: env118
Cartoon drawn: 1991

Trees as the lungs of the planet – cartoon

trees as lungs of planet - environment cartoon

Cartoon showing a tree as lungs.

The cartoon uses the fact that lungs have a similar structure and appearance to trees, at least at the level of cartoon art.

In the cartoon the branches of trees are likened to the bronchial tubes in lungs, with the windpipe as the tree’s trunk.

Drawn: 2004

Cartoon reference number: a778
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