Envisioning GGR

Top 7 designs or illustrations from the ‘Visions for GGR’ competition

Voting closes: 11.55 pm 20 June 2024

Participants were invited to illustrate possible climate futures by creatively engaging with or imagining scenarious that might take shape by adopting various approaches to GGR. We accepted a range of entries including digital illustration, graphic images, or a hand-drawn illustrations rendered in digital form.

You can view the top 7 entries shortlisted by our jury* and read artist statements below. Hover on the image for the artist’s name and click on it if you would like to contact the artist to find out more about usage rights or purchase.

Do not forget to vote for your favourite image for the ‘Visions for Greenhouse Gas Removal Popular Choice Prize’ by 20 June 2024!

Art on header: Woven Ink Studio

Sabiha Imani

GGR Dream Map

Located at the southern edge of Pakistan’s Sindh province, Karachi is the meeting point of three eco-regions: the Runn of Kutch, Indus Delta, and Indus ecosystem. Based in Karachi over the last 30 years, the designer has witnessed intrusive developmental regimes including land reclamation projects and mismanaged land allotments, which have severely damaged their urbanscape and the delta’s ecological diversity, particularly depleting its mangrove forest cover. This submission draws up a graphic dream map for Sindh, envisioning five fronts on which their landscape, ecology, and built environment could transform by adopting Greenhouse Gas Removal solutions.

For an image key, click here.

Pathways

This is a collage piece exploring the different ways we can work with nature to capture carbon. It includes images of natural carbon storage solutions, such as wetlands, trees, fungi, miscanthus grass, and soil. It also includes illustrations of kelp forests and forage pea ‘green manure’ cover crop.

For image details, click here.

Molly Palmer

E West

Net Zero

The artist has made a repeating pattern of different methods of carbon removal. Using this as a background, they have designed a poster capturing carbon from a city.

Carbon Sponges

This illustration ‘Carbon sponges’ was inspired by research on carbon capture storage from Oxford’s School of Earth Sciences and School of Geography and the Environment. Far beneath the waves lies a hidden treasure trove: now empty reservoirs beneath the sea floor that offer a promising opportunity for capturing and storing compressed CO2. Each geological layer, reflected in the textured design, looks to show depth and context to a distance that is hard to envision or conceive and aims to demonstrate the robustness of the rocky-honeycomb reservoir. CCS serves as a mitigating solution to combat immediate greenhouse gas emissions, providing a hopeful path towards a more sustainable future.

For image details, click here.

Freya Morris

Mikal Mast

Our Green and Pleasant Land

This poster represents a number of different land based greenhouse gas removal techniques. The images were created using linocut, the text was created with purchased text blocks. The prints were then scanned and several of the images were illustrated further in Adobe Photoshop. The artist then used Adobe InDesign to create the layout.

The aim was to create a rustic feel with the lino cuts and print blocks, to express the sense that GGR can fit in with our familiar, even nostalgic views of the British countryside, which after all has been managed by humans for as long as they have lived here.

New Forest Ranger

The lynx was hunted out of existence in the UK, and is globally endangered due to climate change. Lynxes predate animals such as deer, that can strip tree saplings before they have chance to become mature forests. Some argue that reintroducing the lynx would assist re-forestation to reduce CO2. However one has to ask if it really is the deer destroying new forests, since cars that whiz through forest roads are killing so many deer, as they pump out greenhouse gases. Would the lynx also eat as many sheep as a village of people?

Watercolour, 2022

Miranda Matthews

Steven Galloway

BioChar

“BioChar” is a short comic strip introducing the concept of Biochar, its production and its benefits in storing carbon and removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, as well as its benefits to soil management and trapping carbon.

The artist acknowledges that this comic was originally produced with information provided by Genevieve Hodgins from The Biochar Demonstrator as part of the Pint of Science festival.

To view all six frames, click here.

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*Note that the jury have shortlisted and awarded prizes based on an image’s potential to affect an impact, provoke critical questions, and enable engagement with GGR. Their decisions should by no means imply their, their organisation’s, or CO2RE’s endorsement of any particular GGR method, technology, or project.

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