Whether you’re a musician or designer, a project manager or illustrator, your own creativity can catalyse change among your audience. As Josie Tucker, climate activist and founder of Adapt studio, put it: “You have a lot of power and freedom as someone who’s emerging, because you’re really guiding how your career’s going to go and how you’re going to use it.”
7. Start a creative project addressing climate change. It might seem indirect, but arts-based activism has a way of evoking emotions while simplifying complex and heavy information. Whether it’s publishing an essay on your Substack, designing a series of data visualisations, or creating a short film, have a go at encouraging climate action through your creative practice. You can even bring it into your job applications, Josie advised, by “filling your portfolio with work that has lots of statements about climate change and knowing that all of those people who are going to see your portfolio will also take that in.”
8. Reduce, recycle and hire equipment. As creative work becomes increasingly reliant on technology, it also exerts a greater impact on the environment. To be more energy-efficient, prolong the life of your devices, choose gadgets that consume less electricity and recycle your electricals. Also, save the planet and save your money by buying fewer electronic products and loaning equipment rather than buying new through platforms like Fat Llama.
9. Volunteer your creative (or non-creative) skills to an environmental charity.You could lend a hand with any of their creative projects, or take a hands-on approach and help out in their community efforts. Some organisations to check out in the UK include UK Youth Climate Coalition, Net Zero Tracker and Rewilding Britain.
10. Alternatively, apply for creative roles in the sustainability sector. There are a whole range of creative opportunities in climate communications – a growing field where digital marketers, social media creators and web designers are highly sought after. Apart from keeping an eye out for vacancies in the climate-conscious creative studios mentioned above, some jobs boards to consult include Climate Designers and Environment Job. You can also refer to our resource on finding socially responsible employers from platforms such as Clean Creatives, Fashion Revolution, B Corp and BitC.