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Judith Vanistendael

Window Comics – Brussels

The tree in my garden, or the wisdom of plants

Secretary-General Guterres of the U.N called the latest IPCC Climate Report, that was released on August 9, a red flag for humanity. 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.

We start with a series of Window Comics: when we look out of our windows, what do we see that has a direct connection to climate change? The eighth view is from Judith Vanistendael, who is thankful for the huge tree in her garden, keeping her house cool during heatwaves.

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