My Climate Diary 2: The Ecocene

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  • California is now at around 55% renewables and has a law to go to 100%
  • Facebook moving closer to 100% renewable electricity by 2020
  • Colorado to be 100% renewable by 2040
  • US cities claiming 100% renewable power may quadruple in 2019
  • Show the possibilities that come with a carbonless future. This means visually designing what cleaner land/air/water, greener landscapes from regenerative design, income from renewable energy, and new job opportunities look like. Focus on the local. Ask yourself, “what matters to your own community?” and “how is it changing from climate change (and what it could like with positive change)?”
  • Empower the “informed but idle” like-minded. These folks are ready to act, but don’t know how. So in your personal activism, focus on practical as this is what this audience needs to get moving.
  • Help clients set goals to reduce their carbon footprint through what you create for them and in their office space. Small habit changes lead to bigger ones
  • Make lowering GHG emissions a competition. Make your personal studio progress public and challenge other studios to compete

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Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Co-founder of Re-nourish and Fresh Press Agri-Fiber Paper Lab.

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