On February 28 a new IPCC report was released that was even more alarming than the previous one: The world faces unavoidable multiple climate hazards over the next two decades with global warming of 1.5°C (2.7°F). Even temporarily exceeding this warming level will result in additional severe impacts, some of which will be irreversible. Risks for society will increase, including to infrastructure and low-lying coastal settlements.
We all are aware of the urgency of the situation and immediate action is required to turn the tide. But what can we do? To be able to solve the problem, everyone needs to participate.
The problem is immense and remains abstract to a lot of people. Eva Hilhorst, editor of Drawing the Times and Judith Vanistendael, graphic novelist, started a project in which they investigate how graphic storytelling can be used as a medium to convey the urgency of the situation. They believe graphic storytelling can be a powerful tool to translate the scientific facts into a narrative that reaches out to the reader and to make climate change tangible. In the coming months Drawing te Times will collect, produce and publish drawn stories about the climate crisis.
What do we see from our window that has a direct connection to climate change? The eleventh view is from Alex Mankiewicz, who experienced two one in a thousand year floods within four weeks.