Climate change is simultaneously our greatest threat and a backdrop in news. Self-inflicted extinction is too much for us to comprehend and we don’t know where to start. A good place would be to have the world over concerned. Hell, we would settle for politicians at least agreeing that it exists. But instead, we have broken narratives scattered throughout the wasteland of 24-hour news cycles that only come back to global warming as a point of debate or a method of scare tactics. What’s needed is a sobering reminder that forces all of civilization to look at the coming dystopia we made ourselves and ask, “Okay, what’s next? What can we do?” To put you on track, here are four wonderfully designed assets to show even the most drunk-on-smug-hope climate change denier.
1. Waterlight, the eerie virtual flood that embodies rising sea levels
Waterworld, for all its problems, was maybe the most direct, mainstream message about climate change, ultimately becoming less sci-fi with each passing year. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde created a virtual flood installation called “Waterlight” in his home country’s town of Westervoort. The floating blue waves remind you what rising sea levels mean and how our cities around the world will be severely impacted if not destroyed altogether.
2. Endless Summer, Climate Central‘s bummer look at how bad summers will be in 2100
Global warming impacts the whole world, no matter how much your skeptic friend or relative thinks it’s going to somehow bounce over their neighborhood. With Climate Central’s summer interactive, users can type in a U.S. city and get an idea of how drastically summer will devolve into a Mad Max-like scenario. Southern Californian summers become Florida-esque, Texas summers become like Arizona’s, and a summer in Arizona straight up becomes a season in Kuwait.
3. National Geographic Atlas, reminding you that we’re losing sea ice at an insane rate
The Arctic is melting like crazy. Sea ice extent is at an all-time low for the second consecutive year. That’s why National Geographic showed the damage being done in just the years 1999-2014 alone. It came as part of the 10th Edition of their beloved atlas, which was the biggest change to the world’s map since the break up of the Soviet Union.
4. Cause and Effect, The Guardian‘s visualization of who’s at fault and who’s at risk
Each country, given size, populace, and technological advancement, didn’t create this mess equally. To showcase such a daunting point, The Guardian visualized who’s most vulnerable and who’s most responsible. The map was actually created for the 2014 United Nations Climate Change Summit in New York, but the interactive allows users to discover the information that holds true, whether its fossil fuel extraction or CO2 emissions.
[via FastCo Design]