Climate change, generated by the combustion of fossil fuels of human activity, has, since the mid twentieth century, emerged as a pressing global environmental issue. Shifting climates around the globe, bringing detrimental changes to the way we live in, and the organisms that surround us too, has been the cause of melting glaciers, rising tides, desertification, as well as many other environmental disasters.
Throughout my study of climate change, in the course Climate Change and Global Inequality, I’ve been studying climate change from many different perspectives. I’ve had the chance to see it through many different lenses, the scientific and political notably, but have been mostly recently interested and engaged in learning about climate change in a solution based manner.
Going off of my “Seeking Solutions” project that I created for my Climate Change and Global Inequality GOA course, in which I researched about the impact educating girls can have in the global efforts of mitigating climate change, I created this project to further raise awareness on the impact this specific climate change solution, as presented by Drawdown, can have. “Educating Girls”, Drawdown says, “is one of the most powerful levers available for avoiding emissions by curbing population growth” worldwide. I believe, however, that the solution goes beyond just that.
Create an illustrated “children’s” book that demonstrates the importance of educating girls, specially those living in third world countries, in regards to improving standards of living globally and in regards to mitigating the effects of climate change. The book will specially concentrate on shedding a light on the different challenges girls have to endure to receive an education and become truly independent. The book will also touch on the detrimental effects of climate change that are already affecting girls.
This project is connected to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
This is the process of creating a story like mine, in order to raise awareness on a certain issue or solution!
- Define your topic
- Pick a topic you like, which you’re passionate about
- Make sure the topic is researchable and that you will have enough information to work with.
- Look everywhere you can for information
- Setup a document to use to compile your information, similar to mine (see below)
- Take notes about what you’re reading, try to capture the information you need!
- Make a “summary” of your research, pick out the most important points and elements of your topic
- Think about how you can bring these elements together and define the basis of your story (Who? What? When? Where? How? Why?)
- Incorporate the important elements of your topic into your story in an almost implicit manner
- Keep your language simple! Do not include statistics or heavy jargon into your story, this will bore your readers out and take away from the story!
- Try to keep your story as close to reality as possible, this will make it more meaningful and educational!
- Choose your medium wisely, make sure you feel comfortable with it and that you’re able to digitalize your artwork to make it accessible to as many people as possible!
- Divide up your story up as best as you can thinking of the drawings you could possibly make for each section, don’t just break your story apart randomly! Aim to illustrate those important aspects of your topic and story.
- Be creative! There’s no one way of illustrating or bringing a story to life!
It is not only the job of girls / women to alleviate the world from the desperate consumption and disposal of humanity that has led to rising green house gas emissions around the world and with that, climate change. Although it is important to keep our numbers controlled, to ensure that there is enough for every human, and enough space also for the Earth to breathe, we must acknowledge that in order to truly end the environmental strain we’re putting the Earth under we must as well improve our decision-making skills. Fewer humans does not mean less consumption if we all consume many times the amount that we need!