The Climate Change Coloring Book contains guided coloring activities that explore scientific research and data related to climate change. The goal is to encourage learning, exploration, and reflection on issues related to climate change through act of coloring.
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Examples of coloring activities
Color where carbon emissions from fossil fuels are the greatest, which looks similar to a population density map since this type of greenhouse gas is caused by human activity.
See if you can color 20 football fields in under a minute, which is about how fast we have been losing global forests for the past 25 years.
Trace what Arctic sea ice looked like 20 years ago and color in what was lost since then. The difference is about the size of India.
Color a year of air pollution in Beijing and see how it affects the health of the local population of over 21 million.
- 40 pages with over 20 coloring activities accompanied by written descriptions of the research and sources.
- Coloring activities include the causes and effects of climate change as well as solutions to reduce climate change
- Printed by a local eco-friendly printing company
- Heavy, high-quality, 100% recycled paper
- Vegetable-based, non-toxic ink
- 8.5 x 11 inches
- Appropriate for ages middle school to adult (more details here)
- For Your Next Adult Coloring Book, Shade In Data On Climate Change via Fast Company
- Stress yourself out with this coloring book about climate change via The Verge
- Color Your Way Through Air Pollution With a Climate Change Coloring Book via Mental Floss
- All-ages coloring book communicates the science behind climate change via Treehugger
- Climate Change Coloring Book via FlowingData
Why climate change?
Climate change is one of the most significant issues that uniquely affects everyone around the globe. There currently is a significantly large gap between scientific consensus (97%) and public perception of climate change (48%). Since public perception influences government and business policies around environmental issues, it is important to ensure enough unbiased and reliable information about the issues are available to the public.
This book is not political, but a celebration of information, learning, and research.
Why a coloring book?
The act of coloring is slow. A coloring book has a meditative quality. A chart or article about climate change may be good at delivering information quickly. But with a coloring book, there is more time to absorb the information and reflect upon on the underlying issues.
The data, research, and approach
This book only uses data and research from authoritative sources, and are heavily cited in the book and through the companion website. A sampling of prominent sources in this book:
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
- Energy Information Administration (EIA)
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
My processes for using data and research to create the activities in this book are 100% transparent and will be documented in detail. Furthermore, the code used to generated the art in the book will also freely available to use and extend.
Keep up-to-date on my public status updates on this Kickstarter page. My timeline is as follows:
- April 2017 - all book content is finished and Kickstarter campaign begins
- May 2017 - Kickstarter campaign concludes
- June 2017 - final book content is submitted to printer, a proof is made and approved, and order is placed
- July 2017 - books will begin to be shipped
The money raised for this campaign will go into just three things:
- Printing the books
- Shipping the books
- Kickstarter and credit card fees
Any excess money raised will go towards:
- Improving the quality of the book, e.g. better paper, better binding, professional editing
- Printing more books
My number one priority is to get you the highest quality book in a timely fashion. I will be as transparent as possible with sharing exactly how the money raised will be used throughout and after the campaign.
My name is Brian Foo and I am a data artist and computer scientist living and working in NYC. I work at the intersections of art, science, and education. I am currently a data visualization artist at the American Museum of Natural History working on public exhibits related to climate change (though this book, concept, and related research are entirely my own and not affiliated with the museum.)
Some recent work includes Data-Driven DJ, where I turn data into music, which has been featured on NPR, Information is Beautiful Awards, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic. Other data and design work have been featured on WNYC, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.
I have also successfully launched and delivered on two Kickstarter projects, Continuous City and Cities of You, which have been featured in The Atlantic and Curbed. Together, these projects raised over $30K and shipped art books to hundreds of backers from around the world. Feel free to explore these projects to get a feel for my updates and communication style.
Video filmed by Vicky Du.
Music by "In Bb" project.
Risks and challenges
I have done as much as possible to mitigate the risks involved in shipping this book to you. Here are some of those things:
This is my third Kickstarter project. My two previous projects (Cities of You and Continuous City) were successfully produced and delivered. You can view the updates and comments of these projects to confirm this by viewing my Kickstarter profile.
All the content for this book is finished. All I need to do is get it proofed, printed, and delivered to you. There will be no delay between the end of this campaign and the beginning of the printing process.
There is only one thing I'm producing for this campaign: a book. I did this to reduce risk of delay and to focus on the overall quality of the book.
I have confirmed with the printing company that this project and timeline is feasible. I have been and will be working with them closely since they are local.
I will be using a professional fulfillment service with a great track record. They will be handling the shipping and handling. I have also confirmed with them that this project and timeline is feasible.
This is a passion project and not a way for me to make money. My number one goal is to get the highest quality product to you in a timely fashion.
If something were to go wrong, I am very transparent, communicative, and available. I will post an update if anything changes to this project. Post a comment here or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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