Carbon dioxide and global climate change are largely invisible, and the prevailing imagery of climate change is often remote (such as ice floes melting) or abstract and scientific (charts and global temperature maps). 

Using dramatic visual imagery such as 3D and 4D visualizations of future landscapes, community mapping, and iconic photographs, this book demonstrates new ways to make carbon and climate change visible where we care the most, in our own backyards and local communities. Extensive color imagery explains how climate change works where we live, and reveals how we often conceal, misinterpret, or overlook the evidence of climate change impacts and our carbon usage that causes them. 

This guide to using visual media in communicating climate change vividly brings to life both the science and the practical solutions for climate change, such as local renewable energy and flood protection. It introduces powerful new visual tools (from outdoor signs to video-games) for communities, action groups, planners, and other experts to use in engaging the public, building awareness and accelerating action on the world’s greatest crisis.

part |96 pages

Setting the Scene on Climate Change

chapter |19 pages

An invisible truth?

Perceptions and Misperceptions of Climate Change

chapter |20 pages

Limited Vision

Understanding Perceptual Problems with Climate Change

chapter |31 pages

A New Climate Change Lens

Principles for Shifting Perceptions of Climate Change

chapter |26 pages

Learning to See

Reframing Community Perceptions of Carbon and Climate Change

part |181 pages

Knowing, Seeing and Acting on Community Carbon and Climate Change

chapter |35 pages

Right Before Our Eyes

Seeing Carbon

chapter |29 pages

Hot in my Backyard

Seeing the Impacts of Climate Change

chapter |44 pages

Cutting the Carbon

Seeing Mitigation Solutions to Climate Change

chapter |29 pages

Being Prepared

Seeing Adaptation Solutions to Climate Change

part |155 pages

Switching lenses

chapter |34 pages

Landscape Messaging

Making Climate Change More Visible in the Community

chapter |33 pages

Visual Media

Knowing Climate Change When You See it in Pictures

chapter |45 pages

The Modern Crystal Ball

Visualizing the Future with Climate Change

chapter |39 pages

Local Climate Change Visioning

Better Processes for Planning Community Futures 1

part |33 pages

With new Eyes to See

chapter |31 pages

Realizing Future Community Visions

Getting to Low-Carbon, Attractive, Resilient Communities