Climate Stripes: Warming Stripes, Hay-on-Wye 2017
The first edition of the stripes Climate Stripes: Warming Stripes, Hay-on-Wye 2017 presented climate data for the Hay-on-Wye Festival in 2018. Professor Hawkins had been invited to present his research in conversation with the poet and author Nicola Davies, as part of a series art-science panels at that year’s literary festival which had a special focus on environmental issues. He developed the stripes as a means of simple, striking data visualization, presenting only local data for Hay-on-Wye up to the previous year.
A few days before he tweeted the image. The stripes were picked up by the American meteorologist and CBS weather presenter Jeff Berardelli. Berardelli printed the stripes on a tie and encouraged others, and especially other broadcast meteorologists, to wear a piece of clothing featuring the stripes for a #metsunite initiative on 21 June 2018. #metsunite soon became the annual #showyourstripes event, which takes place on the Summer Solstice each year and bears testament the power of the stripes as a living tool of climate education.
Ed Hawkins, Climate Stripes: Warming Stripes, Hay-on-Wye 2017, Digital, 2018.
Credit line - University of Reading Art Collection, UAC/11017
Climate Stripes: Warming Stripes, Global 2020
The Global 2020 edition of the stripes charts data up to the end of 2020, an exceptional year in so many respects. It is the most widely used stripes image in connection the University’s work around climate education and COP26.
The ability to juxtapose these two digital artworks within the collection promotes a stark truth – compare and contrast the two images in this exhibition and notice the dark red lines added to the 2020 edition.
Hawkins describes Climate Stripes as a data visualization. As he later discovered, the stripes already had precedents in creative projects such as Ellie Highwood’s Climate Change Blanket from 2017 and the concept had been around in knitting community for a long time – it was just that no-one had yet used computer generated graphics. Via the #showyourstripes website, graphics of the stripes can be freely downloaded for around 200 countries and US states, as well as for the world as a whole.
Ed Hawkins, Climate Stripes: Warming Stripes, Global 2020, Digital, 2021.
Credit line - University of Reading Art Collection, UAC/11018