Climoji will be a set of emoji that visually and efficiently express the causes and responses to climate change. We are developing a visual vocabulary that aids and encourages conversations around environmental concerns and brings it into a usable pop-visual language system. Soon, you will be able to download the icon set and use it on texts, emails, or in any ways you feel fit. For now, feel free to download these first sample images.
SustainableITP is in the process of hosting brainstorming sessions with students and professors at New York University to collect different perspectives on climate change. We ask participants to draw their ideas (without text) on 3” x 3” post-its, depicting climate change, both generally and topically (water, waste, emissions, injustice, plastic, etc). These collaborative brainstorming sessions are the foundation for the Climoji.
Emoji are used to annotate feelings and to short-hand communication. Climoji will serve both as signifiers to amplify climate change and as new tools to express despair, hope, and solidarity. Climoji are a tool for users to communicate and propagate these ideas among their circles. Visual popular culture is capable of connecting audiences to difficult issues wordlessly, emotionally and with humor, as grave as the issues may be. We believe that the more climate change enters into the common language (such as recognizable forms like emoji), the more a movement of social and environmental change can keep action front of mind.