And now a dire warning about climate change. Earths climate is now changing faster than at any point in modern history. Scientists have issued an alert that if unprecedented changes aren’t made soon, there will be irreversible damage to the planet and the ecosystem. If we do not take actions to curb pollution, the collapse of our civilization and the extinction of most of the natural world is on the horizon.
These are the opening lines of Global Warning, an animated short about protecting the earth. The short was created by LOL Gh, animation and comic studio in Ghana led by Daniel Ebow Coker.
Speaking about why the short was made, Daniel says, “this is our planet, we can’t keep destroying it and spending so much effort to fix it again and again. We need time to do other things. It’s up to us, we have the power.”
The goal of the short, which takes on a Captain Planet style approach is twofold. First, to sensitize people on the threat of littering with plastics to the environment and secondly, to encourage tree planting in a bid to reduce the earth’s carbon footprint.
The story and animation are simple and easy to digest. The story takes place within the LOL Gh world and features popular characters like Officer Tamakloe and his sidekick.
The entire story can be summarised into this, a slugfest between mother nature and a demon fueled by the polluting habits of mankind.
For every 50 likes/shares of this video, a tree will be planted. We are responsible, and we should take action. Hence our partnership with Ecosia to plant more trees and bring more awareness to the state our planet is in.
Trees are a critical resource because they release oxygen into the atmosphere, absorb carbon dioxide, provide habitat and food for wildlife and humans, and regulate the water cycle. Ecosia is a search engine based in Berlin that invests its profits into tree planting around the world, with more than 70 million trees planted so far. Together we can get some trees planted. We need your help. And today it’s as easy as a double-tap.
There are loads of other ways to join the fight. Across Africa our reliance on plastics is appalling. Plastics have toxic pollutants that damage the environment and cause land, water, and air pollution. It can take thousands of years for plastic to break down and this causes long-lasting damage to the environment.
Our waste management solutions are also not efficient enough to deal with plastic overuse. If you are involved in the climate change space and want to collaborate with us to make more of an impact on the world reach out to us and let’s keep the conversation and awareness moving and get this ball rolling.
This is an excellent move by LOL Gh to first and foremost, raise awareness on an important issue that affects us all, and secondly to highlight some of the ways animation and by extension, art can be used to disseminate information. Global Warning is one of the ways Ghanaian creators are trying curb sanitation using comic books and animation.
We can’t wait to see how many trees are planted thanks to Global Warning. Check out Global Warning below and be sure to spread the word, interact and share for more trees to be planted.
Let’s get to planting.
KaDi Yao Tay
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