No doubt about it, we’ve got our work cut out for us with Climate Change. We’ve got a problem on our hands the size of our planet. Luckily, that planet is full of smart and dedicated people using their unique skills to make a difference. One of those people is artist and storyteller Franke James. To deal with such unprecidented problems, Franke has set about developing a new way of communication using her online Visual Stories. These wonderful tales read like the great illuminated manuscripts of the past, filling the meaning of their words with powerful images. Franke uses her skills as illustrator, writer, photographer and communicator to turn her personal experiences into a platform to address global issues. From selling her SUV to dying her hair, James turns her personal process into readable and accessible anecdotes. Best of all! She is now our most visual advocate for 350, and composed this visual feast to spread the word! In part 3 of her essay, Taking Action for 350, she speaks beautifully (literally – look at her images) about the campaign and the ways we all can make a difference. Still wondering what your doing on October 24th? Join Franke’s Freeze to Protest Climate Inaction campaign, and organize a freeze flash-mob!
Another 350 project that Franke James highlights in part 3 of her newest essay is based on the idea that we must lift above our current position to see the world as it really is. This project, The Bird’s Eye View is meant to be seen from above, from a place where we realize there is just one planet and its all we got. People all over the world are invited to construct giant 350’s on rooftop out of recycled materials, and then share the photos to help spread the word. So if you live near an airport: this is the project for you! Perhaps your local representative will see it as they fly to a meeting about climate change! Projects like this show how 350 organizers all over the world are thinking outside the box, and communicating creatively for change.
There are so many creative ways to address climate change, and I feel like Franke’s Visual Stories are a great way to share. So spread them around, I think each of us can relate to a different one of her stories, or create your own Visual Story and send it in to 350! As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words….
check out her: 6 Tools to Make Climate Change Art
and her new book, "Bothered by my Green Conscience".