The graphic design industry creates an inordinate amount of pollution. We celebrate package designs that are designed to end up in a landfill (but often end up in the ocean instead). The servers that run our websites and apps gobble up fossil fuels at an ever-increasing rate. By putting egregious amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, our work accelerates climate change which disproportionately affects low-income and BIPOC communities.
The planet is on fire, the oceans are acidifying, and things are going to get much, much worse. But smashing your keyboard isn’t the answer to the problem. At the intersection of culture and commerce, designers are in a position of tremendous power and influence. And there’s a small but growing chorus of design studios, freelancers, and organizations working to create a paradigm shift in the industry. We need to do more, we need to do better, and we need to start now.