In Brief

By making the data more tactile, the Climate Change Coloring Book encourages people to think through the pressing issue

Ever since the adult coloring craze hit the market, the relax-inducing books have been populating every corner of every bookstore. But would you manage to reach your zen and keep your cool, if instead of detailed mandalas, you were tasked with tracing how Arctic sea ice looked like 20 years ago and coloring in what has been lost since then? Brian Foo, an artist and programmer, wants to tap into the contemplative power of coloring and combine it with scientific research and data visualization to help you think about the issues surrounding climate change.

Some of the activities include coloring a US map showing where carbon emissions from fossil fuels are the greatest or coloring a year of air pollution in Beijing to see how it affects the health of the local population of over 21 million.

Spreading over 40 pages, printed on fully-recycled paper, using plant-based ink, the book features 20 coloring activities accompanied by written descriptions of the issues, research and sources.

The Kickstarter campaign has been fully funded in less than a week, but backers can still get a copy for $15.

Climate Change Coloring Book

Ever since the adult coloring craze hit the market, the relax-inducing books have been populating every corner of every bookstore. But would you manage to reach your zen and keep your cool, if instead of detailed mandalas, you were tasked with tracing how Arctic sea ice looked like 20 years ago and coloring in what has been lost since then? Brian Foo, an artist and programmer, wants to tap into the contemplative power of coloring and combine it with scientific research and data visualization to help you think about the issues surrounding climate change.