Studio Resilience designs simple tools for people to create visual and viral stories that express, in tangible and personal ways, how climate change impacts our everyday lives. 

CHALLENGE

For the general public, climate science can seem complex or detached from their everyday realities. People either reject climate change as fake news or see it as something so hypothetical it has no bearing on their lives.

APPROACH

To use design and viral media to bring to life how climate change will impact us and our communities, inspiring more of us to share personal insights and become more engaged.

PRODUCT

Hands-on exploration tools, including mobile apps that leverage the latest advances in augmented reality, combined with scientifically vetted climate data and projections. 

SEA LEVEL CHECK APP

Scientists agree that our warming atmosphere is caused by human-made emissions of carbon dioxide, primarily through the burning of fossil fuels and cutting down of carbon-absorbing forests. Excess heat trapped by carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, causes dramatic changes in the ecosystem, including ocean expansion and sea-level rise.

The Sea Level Check App combines scientific projections with augmented reality and live video to show how future sea levels may impact us on a personal or community level. The app calculates future sea levels for your current location and elevation. The experience can be shared in a video loop.

Based in Hawaii, we see the impact of global warming in our everyday lives, from dying coral reefs to eroding coasts to more devastating storms.  Climate change is real. Explore it. Share it. Prepare for it. 

REEF HEALTH APP 

Scientific evidence clearly indicates that human-made emissions of carbon dioxide have contributed to rising ocean temperatures. When the water is too warm, corals expel the algae living in their tissues, causing them to turn white. Coral reefs can survive a bleaching event, but the stress can make them more vulnerable to death, and reduce the variety of fish that depend on these rich ecosystems.

The Reef Health App uses augmented reality and video to make what is happening underwater visible, providing learning experiences about coral damage, bleaching events, and current health parameters based on location-specific data.

The Reef Health App concept  is currently in development.

The opportunities to make climate science more engaging for mainstream audiences are growing. 

33%

percent of people in U.S. who consider social media an important way to get science news  *

44 million

number of followers for National Geographic Facebook page *

$36 trillion

revenue from 6000  companies that have pledged to take science-based climate action **

* Pew Research Center

**  UN Emissions Gap Report 2018

ABOUT STUDIO RESILIENCE

Heiko Sacher  has over two decades of experience designing digital products in companies including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Motorola and Skype.

LiAnne Yu  is a PhD anthropologist who creates consumer and brand strategies for Fortune 500 companies, and moonlights as a business journalist in Hawaii.