The Climoji project (“Climate Change emoji”), funded by New York University’s Green Grants, is looking to provoke a discussion on climate change. A new collection of 27 emoji stickers including one each for forest fires, smog-filled cities, and emaciated polar bears, have been designed to illustrate the greatest threats posed by climate change, and more than 6,000 people have downloaded Climoji.
So what?Environmental groups have praised the project for reflecting how climate change permeates every aspect of our lives. The stickers are hoped to lead to a larger discussion as explained by Marina Zurkow, the leading professor of the project: “We are hoping that the Climoji can act as the equivalent of a flashing sign, a humorous conversation-starter or an alert signal. The icons, because they are compact, are companions to the larger conversation, not in lieu of one.” How will emojis influence public opinion? Will stickers become a useful tool to sustain necessary conversations about climate change?
This signal of change was also spotted by Max Elder:
New series of emojis designed to spur conversations about climate change. Glad to see so many focused on animals #signalsofchange https://t.co/EYf8CnfvGc