Cartoons and humour help us confront tough conversations. Simple at first glance but complex at the second, they have the capacity to cut through to the heart of an issue, shedding light on the contradictions, incongruities, and tensions of our circumstances. And often, our choices too.
At the recent VICE Creators Summit: Climate Uprise organised in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), cartoonists, humanitarians, young artists, and activists came together to do just that — injecting humour into the climate change debate to get people thinking, talking, and creating.
The three cartoonists from Cartoon Collections brought to life key messages on conflict and climate change central to the ICRC report “When Rains Turns to Dust.” Based on research in southern Iraq, northern Mali, and the interior of the Central African Republic, the report explores people’s experiences facing a double threat of war and climate risk.
Using humour to kick-start conversations on some of the most confronting challenges of our times could be a gateway to in-depth dialogue and solutions.
By 2050, according to the International Federation of the Red Cross, 200 million people could need international humanitarian aid every year — a doubling compared to 2018, partly due to climate change.