This video is a global warming cartoon.
From British daily The Morning Star:
Cartoons against global warming
(Monday 29 October 2007)
JOHN GREEN previews the 2008 Ken Sprague cartoon competition.
FOR all you budding cartoonists out there, now is the chance to demonstrate your talents and do your bit for the environment.
The Ken Sprague Fund has just launched its second International Political Cartoon Competition on the subject of the environment. Under the title Earthworks 2008, cartoonists from around the world are invited to submit works on the subject of our threatened environment, particularly global warming.
The competition is sponsored by the Political Cartoon Gallery, New Internationalist and the Morning Star. And the Star’s cartoonist Martin Rowson chairs the jury, which will include other leading cartoonists and personalities from progressive organisations.
The threat to our world by environmental pollution and global warming is undoubtedly the greatest challenge that human beings have had to face. Yet our governments and political leaders appear impotent, lacking in minimal imagination and without a clue about how humanity can escape this Damocles sword.
Cartoonists might not be able to change the world by themselves, but their ideas, perceptive wit and illustrative skills can alert and motivate us better than many politicians. That is why it’s hoped that this new competition will become a useful weapon in the cause of fighting indifference and ostrich-like behaviour.
Cartoons and images can carry a strong message and make a point more succinctly and effectively than long-winded speeches or meandering articles.
The Ken Sprague Fund was set up to commemorate the work and ideas of the cartoonist and graphic artist Ken Sprague, who died in 2004. His work was characterised by a deep humanity and a commitment to justice, human rights and the environment.
In 2006, the first in an ongoing series of biennial cartoon competitions was launched. This competition is one of the very few international competitions for political cartoonists and the only one of its kind in Britain.
It was launched with the theme of social justice and peace and, by the final deadline, over 500 cartoons had been submitted. They came from almost 40 countries and from over 200 cartoonists. Cartoonists from such diverse countries as China, the US, Azerbaijan and Morocco were fired up by the challenge.
What is most striking about all the cartoons is how unnecessary language or translations are. Despite cultural and language barriers, all of them use a visual imagery that is understood internationally, across all cultural, religious or political barriers and boundaries.
Three prizes are up for grabs, but the monetary prizes are perhaps more symbolic than generous. The main aim is to stimulate and encourage cartoon artists from every country to address the burning issues of our time.
It is hoped that Earthworks 2008 will stimulate cartoonists to use their pens and wit to help combat environmental devastation and give new impetus to our desperate fight to stop global warming. After all, humour is often a valuable key in the struggle of winning hearts and minds.
Further information about the competition and the fund can be found on the website: www.kenspraguefund.org. Submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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