Climate change forces new urgency on designing for sustainability

Jo Barnard reflects on the changes within the design industry in the last decade and how designers can take responsibility for the impact of our work on the planet.
August 22, 2023

In the last three years alone, the world has experienced three out of five of the hottest years on record and scientists have confirmed that we will surpass 1.5 degrees of global warming in the next few decades. The world is burning, sea levels are rising and climate immigration will soon turn from a trickle into a river.

The responsibility of designers

Designers work in an industry driven by production and consumption. Everything they create requires resources. Often just a part of a larger system of project stakeholders, it can feel easy to shrug off responsibility for the end result, to shift the choices made for materials, supply chains or end-of-life decisions onto someone else. But we can no longer shirk responsibility. Whether it be a product, service, event or campaign, designers have a say, they have a voice and with that, they can make a difference.

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Jo Barnard