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Visual dialogue: Using graphic art to account for carbon emissions

Tuesday 9 November 2021, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Hunter Halls, University of Glasgow

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This exhibition shows how graphic art can be used to represent technical data about carbon emissions in an engaging and informative way. Working in collaboration with Glasgow City Council and graphic art students from the Glasgow School of Art, art works in the form of table mats were produced. These mats detail Glasgow’s carbon use and actions that households can take to reduce carbon usage.

This exhibition explores the role of social accounting in presenting data. Survey results show that compared to graphs, charts and tables of figures, an artistic representation of carbon use is a more effective way of communicating with the public.

The Centre for Sustainable Solutions launched in April 2020. We enable individuals, communities, and organisations to act towards a sustainable future through education, research, and partnership. We support interdisciplinary, cross-campus and cross-sectoral solutions to climate change, to ensure the University of Glasgow can meet the ambitions of its strategic response to the climate crisis: Glasgow Green.

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow from 31 October – 12 November 2021. The meeting will bring countries together to work towards achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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First published: 18 October 2021

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