Climate Change Resources

Introduction

Area 1: Agriculture, Deforestation, Meat production

  • Industrial Revolution applied to what we eat: Food Inc is a documentary about what we eat and how it is produced:

  • Genetic Modified Foods. Corn and the Monsanto Seeds that conquered the world.

  • Is there a connection between meat production and deforestation?

Area 2: Heat Raise, Sea Level Raise

  • Sea Level Rise Viewer – This web mapping tool helps to visualize community-level impacts from coastal flooding or sea level rise.
  • Surging Seas: Risk Zone Map – This map shows areas vulnerable to near-term flooding from different combinations of sea level rise, storm surge, tides, and tsunamis, or to permanent submersion by long-term sea level rise.
  • This article introduces the tabs of the story map.
  • Flood Map – This interactive map allows you to adjust the amount of sea level rise to explore the impacts all over the world.
  • The impact on climate change on Oceans, National Geographic

  • The effect on climate change on Coral Reefs, National Geographic

  • Chasing Ice is a documentary, where a National Geographic photographer installs time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers across the Arctic.

  • Six degrees could change the world. The film shares the latest scientific findings on climate change and shows the effects that each degree in temperature increase has on the world. You can watch it for free on YouTube (90min).

Area 3. Energy. Fossil Fuels

  • This interactive Carbon cycling in the Earth system from the Concord Consortium shows the movement of carbon dioxide between Earth’s carbon reservoirs. Follow the arrows in the flowchart to see how carbon dioxide moves between different reservoirs.
  • This changes everything is a documentary that portrays seven communities on the front lines in the fight against the fossil fuel industry. In this way, the film illustrates the shift in climate change activism towards civil disobedience and direct action

Area 4: Consumerism. Waste, Pollution

  • “Little Gems” tells the story of the families that live from collecting trash in the outskirsts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

  • Want to create sustainable fashion? Just consume less. (see video below)

SOLUTIONS

What new ideas or solutions can we come up with as designers?

  • Farmers Grow Trees Into Chairs and Home Furniture to Fight Deforestation. They don’t make chairs, they grow them. Read more about this, here.

  •  Ananas Anam, a Phillipines-based company is turning pineapple leaf fibres into an environmentally friendly leather alternative. The textile,  called Piñatex, also provides new additional income for farmers, boosting the economies of developing communities and empowering individuals.

  • We could use Banana leaves as natural packaging to reduce plastic use. As communities in many parts of Asia still do.

  • And always remember: