Giving Compass' Take:

• YES! Magazine features artwork from a Seattle-based, socially-conscious design firm called Amplifier, which imagined environmental advocates as superheroes. Who needs The Avengers when you have Neil deGrasse Tyson on your side?

• Besides admiring the fun art, those in the climate and clean energy sector should note some of the great quotes from these luminaries, highlighting the urgency to act.

• What's the most effective superpower in the climate change fight? Money.

The Earth could use some climate-change-fighting superheroes right about now. And according to a new comic series by the nonprofit Amplifier, there are a few real-life ones in our midst. Thirteen of them, actually. On Earth Day, April 22, Amplifier released the comic art series #MyClimateHero, portraying leaders of the modern climate justice movement. Amplifier is a Seattle-based art design lab that facilitates art aimed at “amplifying the voices of social change,” according to its website.

“#MyClimateHero tells the story of modern climate leaders building unprecedented cooperation, driving action, and creating space for those most impacted to share their knowledge and perspectives,” said Amplifier chief of staff Tamara Power-Drutis in a statement.

Comic artists designed the series, which also features interviews and excerpts of the superheroes.


“Modern climate heroes are needed now more than ever because climate change is worsening and accelerating. In my field of work, modern climate heroes are those individuals, companies, organizations, and governments who take actions to slow climate change while transparently sharing what it is they are doing. We don’t have a good sense, collectively, of how well policies and initiatives designed to tackle climate change are working because there is not enough available data to assess these efforts.” — Angel Hsu, founder and director of Data-Driven Yale, excerpted from an interview by Tamara Power-Drutis for Amplifier’s #MyClimateHero Comic Series. Artwork by Pia Guerra (who also drew the main image).

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

“As a voter, as a citizen, scientific issues will come before you. And isn’t it worth it to say, ‘Alright, let me at least become scientifically literate, so that I can think about these issues and act intelligently upon them.’ Recognize what science is, and allow it to be what it can and should be: in the service of civilization. It’s in our hands.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, in Science in America, a film by Sarah Klein and Tom Mason. Artwork by Gan Golan.

See the full article about climate justice leaders as comic book heroes at YES! Magazine