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Most people learning about global warming turn to a text book or the internet. But if a coloring book and colored pencils are more your speed, you’re in luck.

Computer scientist and artist Brian Foo has created a coloring and activity book about climate change. He was inspired by the craze for adult coloring books.

Foo: “It’s an interesting mix of a passive and active activity that is relaxing, so I was thinking about how we could kind of leverage that medium.”

The book’s infographics are accompanied by text to explain the data. On one page, a map of the U.S. is filled with numbered dots. It’s like color-by-number, and in this case, the colors show which places in the country produce the most carbon dioxide pollution.

On another page, readers color in a map of Arctic sea ice to reveal the area that has melted over the past 20 years.

Foo says interacting with the data allows people to understand it in a more experiential way.

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Foo: “So, as you color, you start to see the data become revealed over time.”

And he says coloring helps people slow down, which is not just good for relaxing, it’s good for absorbing some critical facts about our warming planet.

Reporting credit: Rosie Simon/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Images: Courtesy of Brian Foo.

Samantha Harrington

Samantha Harrington, Associate Editor of Yale Climate Connections, is a journalist and graphic designer, with a background in digital media and entrepreneurship. "Sam" is especially interested in sharing...