The Weekender: 13 Climate Justice Leaders Imagined as Comic Superheroes (YES! Magazine)
Image credits on this page: YES! Magazine and artist Pia Guerra
The Weekender features a longer form article (or podcast like this week) from a reputable source. We select articles that discuss issues and opportunities we deem just off the radar for many business people, students, and faculty. We aim to expand the mind, broaden the heart, and sharpen the analysis. Have a great weekend.
YES! Magazine is an interesting publication out of Seattle that presents a cogent, solution-oriented liberal/activist view on issues of environmental protection and social justice. Increasingly, forward-thinking business leaders are working together with NGO, non-profit and civil society groups. This article is shared within that context.
I am also interested in how art provides a new perspective on social issues. We have recently funded some research looking at this very issue (more on this later). The idea of climate scientists and activists as comic-book heroes is an interesting way to tap our emotional connection to the mythic and connect it to real-world challenges. Clearly, just presenting the objective truth of chemistry, biology and physics behind climate change science isn't enough.
"The Earth could use some climate-change-fighting superheroes right about now. And according to a new comic series by the nonprofit Amplifier, there are a few real-life ones in our midst. Thirteen of them, actually.
On Earth Day, April 22, Amplifier released the comic art series #MyClimateHero, portraying leaders of the modern climate justice movement. Amplifier is a Seattle-based art design lab that facilitates art aimed at 'amplifying the voices of social change,' according to its website.
'#MyClimateHero tells the story of modern climate leaders building unprecedented cooperation, driving action, and creating space for those most impacted to share their knowledge and perspectives,' said Amplifier chief of staff Tamara Power-Drutis in a statement."