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Creative Warriors who fight Climate Change

Photography by Killian Pham

Climate Change is one of the key issues we need to fight now and in the future.

« During the next 20 years, the physical effects from climate change of higher tem- peratures, sea level rise, and extreme weather events will impact every country. The costs and challenges will disproportionately fall on the developing world, intersecting with environmental degradation to intensify risks to food, water, health, and energy security.

There will be increased emphasis on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions to achieve net zero with new energy technologies and carbon dioxide removal techniques to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. However, as the world gets closer to exceeding 1.5°C—probably within the next 20 years—calls will increase for geoengineering research and possible deployment to cool the planet, despite possibly dire consequences.

Debate will increase over how and how fast the world should reach net zero as countries face hard choices over how to implement drastic emissions cuts and adaptive measures. Neither the burdens nor the benefits will be evenly distributed within or between countries, heightening competition, contributing to instability, straining military readiness, and encouraging political discord. »

We are all accountable for climate change and at the same time, we can all contribute to the fight against it.

As part of my work, I get to meet creative people from all disciplines: art, design, architecture, technology, fashion...

In this blog post I share the endeavours of Creative Warriors who are actively fighting Climate change through their thinking, practice and processes. No project is too big or small. The Creative Warriors I am showcasing here are all trying to create new paths towards a more sustainable future. I hope you will be inspired by them as much as I am.

Studio Nucleo is a Torino based art and design practice. Spearheaded by Piergiorgio Robino, the team at Studio Nucleo researches new materials and processes, often inspired by Nature and with a focus on limiting art making waste. I absolutely love their colours and materials which are combined in their beautiful objects, sculptures and art works.

Geode is 100% made of recycled resin sawdust aims to reduce waste during all the phases of artworks making.

Marian van Aubel believes that designers have a responsibility to contribute positively to the world around them. She focuses on solar energy and creates beautiful objects that people can place proudly in their homes. She is also investigating how to involve architectural solar panels to make them more beautiful.

Sunne is a self-powered solar light that captures, stores and produced light indoors. It’s a beautiful and smart object that brights sunlight into a home.

I had the pleasure to meet and visit CRA in Torino where the breadth of their innovation brainpower is just mind blowing. Founded by Carlo Ratti, the architect and engineer , Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab, Carlo Ratti Associati aim to develop new ways of building and designing that will ensure the planet and its inhabitants are protected in their future.

Circular Garden, created in partnership with ENI, is temporary pavillon made of mushrooms, ropes and wood ships that will go back to the soil and small metal elements that will be recycled.

I am a big fan of Marcin Rusak designs that are delicate and poetic. I was delighted to find out that Martin joined the InResidence programme founded by my designer practionner and thinker friends from BRH.

This partnership was truly a meeting of the minds, as both designers are researching more sustainable design processes.

Protoplasting Nature: Encoded Symbols in collaboration with BRH InResidence programme is a series of light sources made of metal coated botanicals. It explored how industrial thermo-coating metallic strategies could be utilized to natural supplies.

I met Elissa Brunato during Salone del Mobile, where her MA Materials Future Central Saint Martins project was presented at Ventura Future.

I love her approach to fashion sustainability. She took one of the most glamorous but sadly wasteful fashion component, sequin, and explored how to make it sustainable whilst retaining its glitzy attributes.

Bio Iridescent Sequin is made of wood materials that summit naturally without added chemicals to offer an alternative to the massive waste generated by shimmering beads and ‘traditional’ sequins.

I interviewed Juli Bolaños-Durman as part of a series about designers and sustainability. Juli uses discarded materials, often in glass to create beautiful sculptures and objects. She tells stories through each creation, making us question our throw-away culture.

Spearheaded by the wonderful Wendy Plomp, Dutch Invertuals are a collective of designers, and really a worldwide community of Creative Warriors who use design to answer global world issues. Their exhibition during Salone del Mobile is always one of my highlights. I love how they combine a very practical approach to design, thinking and exploring the function and processes of the pieces they create.

@dutch_invertuals_academy documentary true matter showcases how designers are developing new thinking & practices to create positive change.

Jodie Mutter-Hamilton is passionate about 360 sustainability. I interviewed her to discuss how the fashion industry could be more sustainable and she was full of examples of wonderful projects that are already taking place. She supports young designers in their efforts to contribute to the planet and is focused on creating systemic change within the fashion industry.

Through Other day she released an amazing report geared at helping the fashion industry redefine success to protect people’s and planet’s wellbeing.


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