In 2014 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its fifth assessment report on the impacts and effects of climate change. This 2,014-page report, authored by more than 250 researchers around the world, is considered the most authoritative resource on the subject. To help spur global action and conversation The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, the Cambridge Judge Business School and the European Climate Foundation wanted a series of briefings to make the content more accessible and engaging.
They collaborated with StoryTK partner Carl De Torres to strategize, organize and create a series of richly illustrated infographics demonstrating the effects of climate change in 11 sectors: Agriculture, Buildings, Cities, Employment, Energy, Extractive and Primary Industries, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Investors and Finance, Military, Tourism and Transport.
This Herculean project was a truly global effort. For three months, De Torres collaborated with a team of journalists and researchers across four continents. As lead designer and illustrator, he worked with each author to extract the key information necessary to create a series of infographics. These infographics became the primary content in 11 beautifully printed booklets distributed at a United Nations event. In addition, De Torres developed the visual language that helped breathe life into the overarching communication platform.