A colouring in book has been chosen as a format to provide information about climate change and the underlying issues, which kids and adults alike can understand and learn from.
The Climate Change Coloring Book, developed by data artist and computer scientist Brian Foo, is an engaging and insightful book of activities, which are drawn from “data and research from authoritative sources” including NASA. These activities illustrate climate change and its effects, in a way that is simple and easy to understand.
Activities in the Climate Change Coloring Book include colouring a year of air pollution in Beijing; filling in the parts of Manhattan that would be eroded by rising sea levels; the task of colouring in 20 football fields in under a minute, which is about how fast the world has been losing global forests for the past 25 years; and tracing the extent of Arctic sea ice 20 years ago and see what was lost since then.
The colouring book contains guided activities that explore scientific climate data and research, with the purpose that as people colour in images and vectors, they learn about the causes and effects of climate change as well as solutions to reduce climate change.
In a quest to bring the truth about climate change to the forefront, the New York native, in his sharing of knowledge, has made the book a “celebration of information, learning and research” and states “the book is not political”. In light of this, Brian Foo has developed the book in a way that is accessible to all ages.
Brian Foo says: “I did not write this book specifically for children, but the writing and activities are accessible to children (and to young children if guided by an adult.) I tried to design each activity to focus on one particular issue or concept to enable a simple and clear learning opportunity.”
Brian Foo, who is currently a data visualisation artist at the American Museum of Natural History working on public exhibits related to climate change, is using Kickstarter to launch his project, which aims to help change public perception of climate change.
Brian Foo says: “Climate change is one of the most significant issues that uniquely affects everyone around the globe. There currently is a significantly large gap between scientific consensus (97%) and public perception of climate change (48%). Since public perception influences government and business policies around environmental issues, it is important to ensure enough unbiased and reliable information about the issues are available to the public.”
The 40-page colouring in book, which has 20 colouring activities accompanied by written descriptions of the research and sources, is designed to help people take in the information in a slow and effective way, akin to absorbing information in a light meditative state.
Brian Foo adds: “The act of coloring is slow. A coloring book has a meditative quality. A chart or article about climate change may be good at delivering information quickly. But with a coloring book, there is more time to absorb the information and reflect upon on the underlying issues.”
The Kickstarter campaign, which runs until 21 May, has already to date more than doubled its $5,000 goal.
Brian Foo is also printing the books using a Brooklyn-based eco-friendly printing company, Rolling Press. Climate Change Coloring Book will be printed on 100% recycled paper using vegetable-based, non-toxic ink.
You can support Brian Foo’s Climate Change Coloring Book campaign via Kickstarter here
Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer specialising in sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com