Viniyata Pany

Project Co-lead, Concept, Facilitation : Marina Zurkow // Illustrations : Manuja Waldia // Website & Ourtreach : Dorothy Lam + Richard Lapham

Climoji will be a set of emoji that visually and efficiently express the causes and responses to climate change. We are developing a visual vocabulary that aids and encourages conversations around environmental concerns and brings it into a usable pop-visual language system.

Emoji are used to annotate feelings and to short-hand communication. Climoji will serve both as signifiers to amplify climate change and as new tools to express despair, hope, and solidarity. Climoji are a tool for users to communicate and propagate these ideas among their circles.

Visual popular culture is capable of connecting audiences to difficult issues wordlessly, emotionally and with humor, as grave as the issues may be. We believe that the more climate change enters into the common language (like emoji), the more a movement of social and environmental change can keep action front of mind.

A few of the initial iterations were presented at the Climate Action Conference hosted by New York University at the Skirball Center.

We are in the process of hosting brainstorming sessions with students and professors at New York University to collect different perspectives on climate change. We ask participants to draw their ideas on post-its, depicting climate change, both generally and topically (water, waste, emissions, injustice, plastic, etc).

We are in the process of hosting brainstorming sessions with students and professors at New York University to collect different perspectives on climate change. We ask participants to draw their ideas on post-its, depicting climate change, both generally and topically (water, waste, emissions, injustice, plastic, etc).

We are in the process of hosting brainstorming sessions with students and professors at New York University to collect different perspectives on climate change. We ask participants to draw their ideas on post-its, depicting climate change, both generally and topically (water, waste, emissions, injustice, plastic, etc).

We are in the process of hosting brainstorming sessions with students and professors at New York University to collect different perspectives on climate change. We ask participants to draw their ideas on post-its, depicting climate change, both generally and topically (water, waste, emissions, injustice, plastic, etc).

We are in the process of hosting brainstorming sessions with students and professors at New York University to collect different perspectives on climate change. We ask participants to draw their ideas on post-its, depicting climate change, both generally and topically (water, waste, emissions, injustice, plastic, etc).

We are in the process of hosting brainstorming sessions with students and professors at New York University to collect different perspectives on climate change. We ask participants to draw their ideas on post-its, depicting climate change, both generally and topically (water, waste, emissions, injustice, plastic, etc).

These collaborative brainstorming sessions are the foundation for the Climoji.