How The Artists for Climate Illustration Collection is Inspiring Climate Action

The illustrations focus on themes including conscious consumption, renewable sources of energy, protection of nature and species, and coexistence.

Fine Acts and TED Countdown recognised 50 illustrations and digital artworks that showcase climate solutions as well as the global impact of climate change. All 50 artworks are published under an open license, making them free for non-commercial use and adaptation by anyone communicating on climate globally.

Youth Time speaks to Yana Buhrer Tavanier, co-founder and Executive Director of Fine Acts, who elaborates more on the importance of this project.

The works have been selected as part of Artists for Climate – an open call that sought digital illustrations, graphic design, lettering art, and typography targeting climate change, with a focus on hope and solutions in order to shift the global narrative of the climate crisis.


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A Unique Tool for Activists

“Powered by the global creative community, this trove of open-license visual art will serve as an invaluable resource and tool for activists, grassroots organizations, and non-profits to use in their campaigns about climate change awareness,” she says.

The illustrations focus on themes including conscious consumption, renewable sources of energy, protection of nature and species, and coexistence.

“This is a unique collection, as it is available for anyone to not only use, but also adapt non-commercially to their local context”, she further adds.  

Fine Acts, a global creative studio for social impact, aimed to curate а free library of artworks and urged artists toemploy Fine Acts’ hope-based approach to build a new hopeful visual vocabulary around climate change that sparks climate action.

The initiative reviewed 2,222 works by 1,432 artists from 95 countries and selected 50 artworks by 50 artists.

Illustrations are available for download in the Climate Collection on The Greats, Fine Acts’ open license visual library featuring carefully curated open-license visual content intended to elevate art to help bring about social change.

In addition to the 50 illustrations, TED Countdown also released 100 open-license photographs as part of Visualizing Climate Change, an open call done in partnership with Climate Visuals. Visit to preview the collection.

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About TED Countdown

TED Countdown is a global initiative powered by TED and Future Stewards to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. Countdown combines TED’s signature blend of actionable and research-backed ideas, cutting-edge science, and moments of wonder and

inspiration to mobilize millions to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 in the race to a zero-carbon world.

Countdown launched October 2020 via a free live virtual event featuring talks and performances by Pope Francis, Prince William, Christiana Figueres, and Al Gore as well as scientists, activists, artists, schools, and leaders from business and government. One year later—October 2021—The Countdown Summit will bring together hundreds of leaders in Edinburgh, Scotland as TED speakers share a blueprint for a beautiful net-zero future.

About Fine Acts

Fine Acts is a global creative studio for social impact. The non-profit believes that hope, openness and play are all essential to human rights work. In its work, Fine Acts employs playtivism, its own concept for the value of incorporating creative play, multidisciplinary collaboration and experimentation in activism. The studio works at the intersection of human rights and art, tech and science, and creates novel avenues to empower activism through a vast range of activities.


Artists for Climate’s esteemed panel of seven judges included visual artist and author, Oliver Jeffers; the founder of Goodtype, Brooke Robinson; the co-founder and Executive Director of TREEage, Shiv Soin; and several other acclaimed creatives and experts.

Visit to preview visual works. Available for free download and adaptation to non-profits, campaigners, and educators.

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