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Year: 2021

Type: design fiction, manga

Artists: Zijing Song, Yating,Sun, RAY LC

Previous Exhibitions

5/2021, Floating Projects JCCAC, HK

23/2 — 22/5/2022, Data Art for Climate Action (DAT/ACT), HK

                                       Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, Graz


Project Description

Climate change is difficult to connect with personally, because people only regard the phenomenon as important if it becomes a perceived threat to themselves. Arguments like statistics and policy debates are extrinsic motivators, which do not necessarily align people’s own intrinsic motives with those of climate action. Instead, narratives and visual communication can influence viewers implicitly by the way they show and reinforce actions and thoughts that align with climate action. In this design study, we used comics created for human-level climate change influence to promote ideas like future-based thinking, sharing of responsibility, and caring for each other. We also created data visuals that illustrate future consequences of climate change for the purpose of averting negative alternative realities. To see whether our design can affect audience perception of climate change on the human level of goals and desires, we showed the comics to readers unfamiliar with the themes of the stories, presenting them as manga about characters and situations. The survey showed that data stories can affect the way naive readers interpret narratives to align with pro-climate attitudes such as sharing and future-vision, and that readers are focused on the human-level of the data and story as opposed to the physical resource level. Speculative fiction and data visuals provide a potentially effective way to influence individuals’ climate change attitudes by showing alternative realities and attributes of collective responsibility and planning-for-the-future as data stories.


Lc, R., Song, Z., Sun, Y., Yang, C. 2022. Designing narratives and data visuals in comic form for social influence in climate action. Frontiers in Psychology. (Journal paper, SSCI). DOI:

Song, Z., Sun, Y., Lc, R. 2021. Narrating Climate Change: speculative data stories in comic form for affecting climate action. Conference on Data Art for Climate Action. 

Song, Z., Sun, Y., Ruijters, V., Lc, R. 2021. Climate Influence: Implicit Game-Based Interactive Storytelling for Climate Action Purpose. 14th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling. Springer. DOI:

Song, Z., Sun, Y., Lc, R. 2021. DRIZZLE: a comic for covert climate action influence. Congress of the International Association of Societies of Design Research. Springer. DOI:

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